Sunday, December 29, 2019

Schaible: Top-ranked LSU took things to another level in a throttling of Oklahoma

Photo Credit: Jason Getz- USA TODAY Sports

By: Brian Schaible
Twitter: @SBNationReports

At Thursday’s media day, LSU players were not shy about dishing the proverbial “bulletin board” material for Oklahoma to think about. It was a level of huberance that you rarely hear in such a setting. 

By the time the Oklahoma media session began, head coach Lincoln Riley was well aware of blatant disrespect and acknowledged that he was “angry” about it.

Okay, Boomer Sooner.

Oklahoma entered the College Football Playoff Semifinal with all the aspirations of shocking the world.

Well, it was certainly shocking. LSU ended up winning 63-28 and it could have been much worse.

Joe Burrow accounted for eight touchdowns. Seven through the air and one on a fourth down sneak for a three-yard score.

“To be honest, it wasn’t my sharpest game,” said Burrow. 

“This guy (Justin Jefferson) was bailing me out on a couple of throws that I missed. Guys like Terrace and Ja’Marr were bailing me out on misreads and being late with the football. I’m excited to get back to practice and tune those things up. That’s the kind of team we have. Someone doesn’t have their best game, the other guys step up.”

Earlier on Saturday, it was revealed that Carley McCord, along with four others was killed in a plane crash. She is the daughter in-law of LSU Offensive Coordinator Steve Ensminger and was a credentialed media member for tonight’s Peach Bowl.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron spoke about McCord after the game.

“She interviewed me and (his wife) Kelly,” Orgeron said. “We saw her all the time. Saw her at the state championship. We watched it and watched her work from early morning until late at night. An outstanding you lady with a bright future. It’s a shame it happened.”

Orgeron was asked if it was a difficult decision for Ensminger to work the game.

“I was the one that had to tell coach, I told him what happened,” Orgeron said. “He said we’re going to get through this. And, obviously, he was distraught, but he called a great game today. So just goes to show you the integrity and the grit and character of the men on our football team.”

There’s about four pages of records that were broken today. Between total team offense, Peach Bowl historical feats, College Football Playoff games, there is few left standing after LSU’s assault on the record books. But to Burrow, there’s still more to accomplish.

“January 13th is the record we’re worried about,” Burrow said.