Written By: Colby Wonacott
Contributing Writer For Telegraph Local
This year 2019 Peach Bowl, it was all about this year’s Heisman Winner, Mr. Joe Burrow. Throwing for an unprecedented 7 TDs as the Tigers beat up Oklahoma all night winning 63-28. Burrow’s 7 TD were a bowl record according to ESPN. Burrow was not the only Tiger to put his name in the record books. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson caught 4 TD tying a bowl record.
The entire LSU team had heavy hearts prior to the game because LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger’s daughter-in-law was killed in a plane crash along with 5 other people. Inspired and driven, LSU was playing with an edge that was much bigger than the game of football.
Head coach Ed Orgeron delivered the news to Ensminger shortly before the game, who was seen with tears running down his cheeks but stuck to the task at hand.
“Coach, we’re going to get through this,” Ensminger told his boss.
Coach Ensminger delivered as good as an offense performance as an offensive coach can. LSU put up 692 total yards as Oklahoma had less than half, 322. Burrow had most to do with those yards as he threw for 493 yards on 39 attempts with most importantly ZERO interceptions. Time after time, Burrow’s accuracy was on display. Putting the ball where only his receiver can catch it or somehow while escaping pressure throwing on the run to a receiver to keep a drive going. Burrow and his offense were simply special in this year’s Peach Bowl.
Here you can see all the records that were broken:
“One team, one heartbeat,” LSU Head Coach Ed Orgeron said.
Oklahoma’s Defense Was Bad
The Sooners’ defense looked overwhelmed and overmatched all night long. Not helping was when starting safety Brendan Radley-Hiles committed an ugly moronic cheap shot towards Clyde-Edwards Helaire. Coming out of the backfield, Radley-Hiles blindsided Edwards which caused Radley-Hiles to be ejected from the game. These are the plays that this game does not need in today’s age. Sooners’ All-American linebacker hurt his Hamstring when trying to run down Joe Burrow in the 1st half and never looked the same throughout the game.
ESPN noted that Oklahoma’s defense allowed 31 1st downs, 2 4th down conversion and did not create one turnover the entire game.
Jalen Hurts Struggled
Sooners QB Jalen Hurts who was familiar to LSU struggled throughout the game. His stats do not tell the full story of how his offense could not generate points. Drive after drive the LSU defense was putting pressure on Hurts who never looked comfortable in the pocket.
Hurts went 15/21 for 217 yards with a qbr of 40.1. Luckily for Hurts CeeDee Lamb is a future 1st rounder because he only had 4 catches, but generated 119 yards out of those. More than half of Hurt’s total yards. Hurts’ best bet in this game was to use his legs, as he scrambled for 43 yards & 2 touchdowns.
LSU Tigers will face off against the Clemson Tigers for the national championship on January 13th. 2 high power offenses and scary good defenses. LSU will go for its 1st championship in this new college football playoff format as Clemson will try to repeat as champions again.