The LSU Tigers had a lot to prove against Oklahoma in the first round of the college football playoff and they proved to the nation that this is their year. The Tigers skull drug the Sooners all over the field in Atlanta at the Peach Bowl. While Oklahoma was known to be suspect on defense, I thought the offense would keep them in the game. Man, I was mistaken in a bad way. LSU dominated every aspect of this game.
The Tigers not only crushed the Sooners by the score, but they also crushed them in total yards. The Oklahoma defense hasn’t been bad this year, but LSU put up 692 yards on a defense that gives up just 330 ypg. Most of those yards were due to the dynamic duo of Heisman winner Joe Burrow and wide receiver Justin Jefferson. The pair absolutely crushed numerous CFP records today and basically won the game on their own. Burrow finished the day 29-of-39, for 493 yards, and seven touchdowns. All of his touchdown passes were thrown in the first half. Jefferson had four of those touchdowns.
Jefferson obviously led the Tigers in receiving with 14 catches for 227 yards and four touchdowns. Thaddeus Moss had four catches, for 99 yards, and a 62-yard touchdown reception. Terrace Marhall Jr. had 80 yards on six catches and two touchdowns. Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire was questionable for the game and played sparingly. It’s safe to say that he wasn’t needed and his limited time will help him fully recover for the championship game. Chris Curry filled in nicely with 89 yards on 16 carries.
The LSU defense manhandled Oklahoma all day long. They held the Sooners to just 322 total yards of offense which is over 200 yards less than their average. Kary Vincent Jr. picked off Jalen Hurts in the second quarter for the lone turnover of the game. K’Lavon Chaisson had two sacks and disrupted the Sooners’ offensive line and caused Hurts to make some poor throws. Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips had eight tackles each. The defensive line was able to put a lot of pressure on Hurts and the secondary was able to go one-on-one with the Oklahoma receivers. That’s something the Sooners weren’t familiar with as most teams play zone in the secondary.
LSU now waits on their opponent for the national championship games. After today’s performance, whoever they play will have to prepare extremely well for the Tigers. Ed Orgeron has this team firing on all cylinders and they will be a handful for either the Clemson Tigers or the Ohio State Buckeyes.