The LSU Tigers came to handle business and that’s exactly what they did.
The Tigers advanced to the College Football Playoff Championship after giving the Oklahoma Sooners the ultimate smackdown, 63-28. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow gave a Heisman Trophy worthy performance tonight to lead his team to victory to face off against the Clemson Tigers in New Orleans.
The Tigers endured some tragic news just hours before the game. Offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger’s daughter-in-law, broadcaster Carley McCord died in a plane crash, along with five others who were all headed to attend the bowl game. Ensminger stood in the middle of the football field with tears rolling down his face, but that didn’t stop him from coordinating one heck of a game for the Tigers, coaching the offense into victory.
Joe Burrow went 29 for 33 in completions, throwing for 493 yards with seven touchdowns, which ties the record for passing touchdowns thrown in any college bowl. And to add another blow to the Sooners, Burrow’s seven touchdowns were all scored in the first half. The quarterback also rushed for 27 yards on four carries with one touchdown. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson also put on a show, tying another bowl record by with four receiving touchdowns. On the whole, Jefferson had 14 receptions for 227 yards, a startlingly great performance for the talented wideout.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire was pretty quiet in the backfield, as he had been plagued by a hamstring injury. Coach Ed Orgeron wanted to take great precaution to sort of save him for the big game. Edwards-Helaire only had two carries and rushed 14 yards. Chris Curry led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 89 rushing yards.
As we said, LSU will go on to face Trevor Lawrence and Clemson in the CFB Playoff Championship on January 13th in New Orleans.