LSU no. 1 crossed the 4th Oklahoma 63-28 in the Academy’s semifinal of the Peach Bowl on Saturday.
The Tigers (14-0) – Behind the 493 Heisman Trophy players who scored 493 passing yards and eight total touchdowns, advanced to the New Orleans Playoff Championship on January 13, giving them the opportunity to match Clemson as the only teams in the modern era of college football season to go 15-0. Oklahoma (12-2) lost to the Playoff in College Football for the third consecutive year.
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Here are three takeaways from winning the Tigers:
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Burrow scored four first-half fumbles in Justin Jefferson – scores of 19, 25, 42 and 30 yards – as part of a route the Tigers climbed to seven of eight possessions. It was another remarkable performance with the help of offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and game coordinator Joe Brady. Oklahoma has not allowed 300 years to spend the entire season under new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch.
Burrow had 403 yards rushing, a football-record record. It also broke the Playoff record with one game and will have the opportunity to make a trip to Deshaun Watson’s two-game total that will pass the 679 yards set in 2016. He also set the record for most touchdowns responsibly. for “only one game in the Playoff – in the first half – when he threw his fifth touchdown pass. He added two more hits and a quick drop before coming out in the fourth quarter. Burrow finished with 515 total offense yards.
LSU has done all this with limited use since the start of Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who played poorly due to an injury, and began attacking Damien Lewis, who was injured early in the game. The Tigers have again shown that this offense is unstoppable with Burrow on the controls.
The point is that LSU also played defense.
Tigers’ defense sets the tone
LSU pulled its Heisman final Jalen Hurts to the final college game. The Tigers required four three-dimensional players and one interception in the first half, and that was enough to break the game open. In a Playoff featuring four elite offenses, that’s enough to get the job done.
LSU did an excellent job of keeping the Dances featured on scheduled tracks and rinsed it out of his pocket to play games to force bursts. In addition to a 51-yard pass game at CeeDee Lamb, LSU did an excellent job of avoiding playing pieces.
The kick was 5 of 18 for 101 passing yards in the first half, carrying the ball eight times for 24 yards. He completed 15 of 31 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown, adding 43 grooves and two scores on the ground.
But Oklahoma could not hold on for the first half, and that led to a 42-14 deficit and a 63-28 final score.
Oklahoma, the Big 12 is still looking for a Playoff win
Brendan Radley-Hiles ‘cheap shot at Edwards-Helaire at 13:24 of the second quarter was symbolic of Sooners’ latest collapse on the national stage. Oklahoma wasn’t ready for LSU.
The Sooners have yet to win a Playoff semifinal in four attempts, including three consecutive seasons. This comes after losing three equal league games in the season of the Series Bowl Championship (2003, 2004, 2008). These are the seven lost races since the program’s last national championship in 2000. The Big 12 is the only Power 5 conference that hasn’t had a team to win a semifinal in the six-year playoff history.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley has lost just three regular-season games, leading to three Big 12 championships, but a third straight loss to an SEC school in the semifinals will lead to another offseason big-ball credits Soerson. After three straight semifinal losses, this criticism is justified.