The LSU Tigers were cruising through the first half of this afternoon’s game against the Florida Gators, but a mental error in the closing seconds of the second quarter has derailed their momentum.
With five seconds remaining in the first half, Florida quarterback Emory Jones completed a 42-yard touchdown pass to Justin Shorter. It was one of the rare times where a Hail Mary actually worked.
Perhaps the weirdest part about this play is that LSU safety Cameron Lewis was caught staring at the back of the end zone. Clearly, he didn’t know the ball was being thrown in his general direction.
FLORIDA WITH THE HAIL MARY 😱pic.twitter.com/D56ky6cvQx
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 16, 2021
Lewis received a lot of criticism on Twitter for his effort on that Hail Mary.
“No. 31 on LSU seems to have no idea the ball has been thrown near him,” Stewart Mandel of The Athletic tweeted.
No. 31 on LSU seems to have no idea the ball has been thrown near him.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) October 16, 2021
“Also that’s fifth year senior Cameron Lewis just…you know not doing anything on that last play,” an LSU fan said.
Also that’s fifth year senior Cameron Lewis just…you know not doing anything on that last play
— And the Valley Spooks🎃🎃🎃 (@ATVShook) October 16, 2021
“What the hell was Cameron Lewis looking at turned around backwards in the endzone guarding no one? LSU didn’t even try to make a play on that ball,” another fan said. “Embarrassing.”
What the hell was Cameron Lewis looking at turned around backwards in the endzone guarding no one? LSU didn't even try to make a play on that ball. Embarrassing
— Sidelines – CFB (@SSN_CollegeFB) October 16, 2021
The Gators were struggling to move the ball at a consistent rate prior to this touchdown. However, this Hail Mary might give them a boost heading into the second half.
LSU, meanwhile, has to be frustrated that its secondary let its guard down right before halftime.