The Tigers of LSU picked up from where they left off the last time they played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Oklahoma Sooners had no answer as the Tigers steamrolled them 63-28 at the 2019 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl en route to their first National Championship appearance during the College Football Playoff era.
Coming into the game, LSU wide receiver Jordan Jefferson explained how his teammates, specifically wide receivers like Ja’Marr Chase made him a better receiver.
“[Ja’Marr] Chase and Terrace Marshall has helped me become one of the best receivers in college football,” Jefferson said on Christmas Eve when asked about what made him better. “Just competing with each other and trying to run routes better than one another.”
He showed how great he was, catching four touchdown passes and finishing with yards.
LSU quarterback and Heisman trophy winner, Joe Burrow, connected with Jefferson on the first drive of the game. Jefferson caught a 19 yard touchdown pass to help the Tigers lead early 7-0.
After Oklahoma tied the game, with running back Kennedy Brooks rushing in from three yards, Terrace Marshall put the Tigers back in front with an eight yard touchdown pass.
From that point on, it was the Jordan Jefferson show. Each drive Jefferson was on the receiving end for 35, 42 and 30 yard touchdown receptions.
When 9:17 remained in the second quarter, the score was 35-7 and the Sooners were in a deep hole and needed to recover. Jefferson also broke a Peach Bowl, New Year’s Six and College Football Playoff record with his four touchdowns.
The Sooners desperately found the endzone after almost 16 minutes without a score. Jalen Hurts rushed in from two yards to make the score 35-14.
Twenty seven seconds later, Tigers tight end Thaddeus Moss, son of the NFL great wide receiver Randy Moss, caught a pass from Burrow and went 62 yards to pile the Tigers lead to 28.
An Oklahoma three and out gave the Tigers one more possession before halftime. The Tigers took full advantage only needing three plays to score. This time Marshall would be on the receiving end for his second touchdown to send the Tigers into halftime with a 49-14 lead.
The Tigers cruised in the second half while their offense added one more touchdown. This time, Burrow rushed in from three yards on fourth and goal to give the Tigers a 35 point lead at 56-14.
Hurts managed to find the endzone again, this time rushing in from 12 yards to cut the Tigers lead to 35.
The Sooners managed to get another late score as running back T.J. Pledger rushed in from the goal line to make the score 56-28.
The Tigers had a late score of their own as running back John Emery Jr. ran in for six yards, making the final score 63-28.
“I’ll give them some credit but I’m going to enjoy this win tonight,” said Orgeron. “[We played a] semifinal football game against a darn good football team. I don’t know how many top ten wins these guys have had this year.”
Burrow finished 29-39 with 493 yards and seven touchdowns, a great record setting performance. For Burrow, it was not necessarily his best game.
“To be honest, it wasn’t my sharpest game, “ Burrow said. “This guy [Jordan Jefferson] was bailing me out on a couple of throws I missed.”
For Jefferson, his record setting performance didn’t mean much to him but is focused on the national championship game.
“That’s the goal of the whole season, to win the National Championship,” said Jefferson. “So we’re not going to stop until we get that.”
The Tigers will face Clemson in New Orleans on January 13 for the College Football Playoff National Championship.