LSU vs. OU football: Ed Orgeron calls offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger the team MVP

Erik Hall Adam Hensley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
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ATLANTA — The LSU football team's offense was dominant in the first half against Oklahoma during the 2019 Peach Bowl, a semifinal of the 2019 College Football Playoff. 

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron praised offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger entering halftime. 

"Great job by Steve Ensminger, who's been through a tragedy today, calling the game," Orgeron said. "He's the MVP right now."

Earlier Saturday, Ensminger's daughter-in-law Carley McCord died in a plane crash

Dec 28, 2019; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; LSU Tigers offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Steve Ensminger reacts with long snapper Blake Ferguson (48) before the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game against the Oklahoma Sooners. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Ensminger decided to stay with the team and coach. 

His offense performed brilliantly. The LSU offense scored 49 first-half points to lead 49-14 at halftime. LSU defeated Oklahoma 63-28. 

At the end of the game, Orgeron said of Ensminger, "He's getting the game ball tonight."

In the first half, LSU gained 497 yards of total offense with 403 passing yards. The Tigers obtained 20 first downs with 15 minutes, 6 seconds time of possession. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow had seven passing touchdowns, with four of them to LSU receiver Justin Jefferson.

LSU finished with 692 passing yards and 532 passing yards. 

Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik

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