Yes, after their exercise in futility trying to move the ball against LSU, they looked dazed. They did not look, however, like they weren't trying or weren't giving their best effort. They didn't look like they were going at half-speed (although LSU's speed could make it look that way).
Yes, Rudi, I've played (and coached) sports. I was a Charlie Hustle type, but best effort doesn't always look like grimaces, yelling, chest bumping, etc. You look really silly when you do that stuff when you aren't getting a first down and it's 3rd and 9 all the time.
The thing that's kind of an eerie feeling for me is that, for years now, under Mendenhall/Anae and recently Sitake/Detmer (in other words, completely different staffs and approaches), we have really struggled to hit 300 yards passing. Hill, as good as a runner as he was, was especially bad at passing yardage, and Tanner Mangum has been this year as well. It seems like forever ago that 300 yards was the minimum baseline. I wasn't thrilled about Kevin Feterik, but even he usually had at least 300 yards passing. I'm not sure why we struggle to get passing yardage for years and years now. Part of the problem is that we are chronically in 3rd and long situations (under Anae, it was especially bad, because we were doing G-F-G-H and not getting first downs, so the defense was on the field a lot with rapid turnaround. The way we look now might make those days look like a Sunday picnic.