Tuesday, 12 November, 2019

Joe Burrow leads LSU to win over Alabama in thriller

Lousiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow during a game against Aurburn in Baton Rouge Louisiana on Oct. 26 2019 Lousiana State University quarterback Joe Burrow during a game against Aurburn in Baton Rouge Louisiana on Oct. 26 2019
Cary Erickson | 10 November, 2019, 14:10

The No. 5-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions have their sights set on their first appearance in the College Football Playoff, and a road win against a ranked team, like No. 13 Minnesota, would be another resume-booster that would sure come in handy come selection time.

Just seconds later after Tua Tagovailoa threw an interception, Edwards-Helaire caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Joe Burrow to give LSU a 20-point lead entering halftime. Burrow picked apart Alabama's defense time after time, especially in the second half after Alabama had cut into LSU's lead.

"We've finally got the tools that we need to beat those guys", Orgeron he told reporters after the game. Without a conference championship, Alabama will have to prove it is "unequivocally" one of the four best teams in the country. As a result, the Tigers are now the odds-on favorite in the SEC and one of the favorites to qualify for the College Football Playoff. And Burrow stamped himself as the Heisman Trophy front-runner with a gutty performance when he answered every challenge from 'Bama.

"I had them all the way", said Winfield Jr.in reference to his interceptions, citing preparation for his two picks off Clifford. "That's Alabama on the other side, dynasty. I was really happy with the way we responded". It kept going from game seemingly over to game on.

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The showdown lived up to its billing as a duel between two high-powered offenses and star quarterbacks with President Donald Trump attending.

LSU wasn't flawless in its own right, allowing a punt return for a touchdown by Alabama's Jaylen Waddle, having a PAT blocked and having coaches on its sideline calling the attention of cornerback Derek Stingley, who then looked to the sideline as the ball was snapped and got burned on a 64-yard touchdown reception by DeVonta Smith. Jordan Jefferson recovered the ensuing onside kick and LSU could start a celebration eight years in the making.

Burrow completed 31 of 39 passes. ran for 64 yards and was carried most of the way off the field by two teammates.

Burrow, a transfer from Ohio State, has put up a passing season that's unprecedented in LSU history. This was never our goal.