LSU vs. Clemson: LSU's Road to the Championship Game

Eric Boynton
Spartanburg Herald-Journal
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LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (6) catches a 3-yard touchdown against Georgia Southern in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Democker)

LSU 55, Georgia Southern 3

Aug 29, Baton Rouge

All of Joe Burrow’s school-record tying five touchdown passes came in the first half and the Tigers equaled their second-highest season-opening point total in the SEC era dating back to 1933. The defense held the Eagles to only 24 passing yards on four completions and 74 rushing yards. Terrace Marshall Jr. caught three touchdown throws and 14 different LSU receivers caught a pass.

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Sep 7, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson (2) celebrates his first touchdown reception against the Texas Longhorns in the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ronald Cortes-USA TODAY Sports

LSU 45, Texas 38

Sept. 7, Austin, Texas

LSU goes on the road to win one of this season’s most-anticipated early matchups with Burrow throwing for 471 yards and four touchdowns and counterpart Sam Ehlinger throwing for 401 and four scores. Five players topped 100 receiving yards including three from LSU led by Justin Jefferson (nine for 163 and three touchdowns). The Tigers led 23-21 heading to a wild fourth where LSU went on to hold a 22-17 edge.

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LSU quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in Baton Rouge, La. (AP Photo/Patrick Dennis)

LSU 65, Northwestern State 14

Sept. 14, Baton Rouge

The Tigers become the 12th program in Division I history with 800 wins, outscoring the Demons 27-0 in the third quarter and 41-0 overall after halftime. Burrow completes 21-of-24 for 373 yards before Myles Brennan replaced him to go 8-of-9 for 115 yards. LSU amassed its highest points total in a non-overtime game in 28 years. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Tyrion Davis-Price each ran for a pair of touchdowns.

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LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) runs in a touchdown against Vanderbilt during the first half at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

LSU 66, Vanderbilt 38

Sept 21, Nashville, Tenn.

Ja’Marr Chase (10 catches for 229 yards) became the third wide-receiver in school history with four touchdowns in a game, including three in the first half on receptions of 64, 51 and 25 yards. Burrow sets LSU records with 357 first-half passing yards and his third consecutive game of at least 350 yards. It was LSU’s highest scoring output ever against an SEC opponent.

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Oct 5, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (24) intercepts a pass intended for Utah State Aggies wide receiver Savon Scarver (11) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU 42, Utah State 6

Oct. 5, Baton Rouge

LSU led only 7-6 into the second quarter before scoring 35 unanswered points as Burrow ran for a score for a 14-7 lead and then threw four touchdown passes to three different receivers including a pair to Jefferson, who finished with nine receptions for 155 yards and the two touchdowns. The Tigers outgained the Aggies 601 yards to 159, holding them to just 19 rushing yards (and 1-of-12 on third down) and 56 total yards on 53 plays in the second half.

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Oct 12, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers safety Grant Delpit (7) breaks up a pass intended for Florida Gators wide receiver Freddie Swain (16) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

LSU 42, Florida 28

Oct. 12, Baton Rouge

Florida led 28-21 before the Tigers tied the game with 7:12 left in the third quarter and then took the lead on their following possession. Chase iced the win with a 54-yard touchdown catch with 5:43 remaining in the game. The Gators possessed the ball nearly 17 minutes longer and went 9 for 17 on third-down tries although LSU outgained them 511 yards to 457. Burrow was 21 of 24 for 293 and three touchdowns, Edwards-Helaire ran for 134 and two touchdowns and Jefferson and Chase both topped 120 receiving yards.

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LSU linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. (45) pressures Mississippi State quarterback Garrett Shrader (6) into rushing a pass during the second half of their NCAA college football game in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019. LSU won 36-13. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

LSU 36, Mississippi State 13

Oct. 19, Starkville, Miss.

The Tigers turned a two-point lead into a 22-7 halftime advantage scoring two touchdowns over the final 5:07 of the second quarter. LSU then scored the first 14 of the second half to pull away, holding the Bulldogs scoreless after the intermission until 59 seconds remained. Burrow throws four touchdown passes to break LSU’s season school record.

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LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) jukes Auburn linebacker Chandler Wooten (31) at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Auburn and LSU are tied 10-10 at halftime.

LSU 23, Auburn 20

Oct. 26, Baton Rouge

LSU trailed 13-10 until Edwards-Helaire’s short turn late in the third quarter and kept the lead heading to the fourth. He ran 26 times for 136 yards. Auburn was held to 232 yards (LSU had 508), was forced to punt 10 times and was sacked three times. The two teams combined for 216 yards on 27 penalties. Burrow completed 32 of 42 (both career highs) for 321 yards.

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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron hugs quarterback Joe Burrow (9) after defeating Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday November 9, 2019.

LSU 46, Alabama 41

Nov. 9, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The Tigers claimed their fourth AP top-10 victory after two Edwards-Helaire touchdowns in an 11-second span to close out the first half. After a short scoring run, Patrick Queen intercepted Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa on the next snap to set up LSU at the 13 and Burrow hit Edwards-Helaire for a 33-13 lead. Alabama got within 39-34 with 5:32 left before Edwards-Helaire scored his fourth touchdown.

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Nov 16, 2019; Oxford, MS, USA; Louisiana State Tigers running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (22) breaks through a hole against the Mississippi Rebels in the fourth quarter at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

LSU 58, Ole Miss 37

Nov. 16, Oxford, Miss.

Burrow’s 489 passing yards helps him break LSU’s 18-year-old season record while Chase (eight catches for 227 yards and three touchdowns) and Jefferson (nine for 112 and two scores) each go over 1,000 receiving yards for the year. Edwards-Helaire rushes for 172 yards.

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Nov 23, 2019; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers linebacker Jacob Phillips (6) reacts after a sack against Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver De'Vion Warren (1) during the first half at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

LSU 56, Arkansas 20

Nov. 23 Baton Rouge

The Tigers led 7-6 until 7:38 remained before halftime and then scored 49 consecutive points. LSU had only 48 plays over 19:31 time of possession and faced only five third downs but outgained Arkansas 612 yards to 304. Edwards-Helaire rushed just six times for 188 yards and three touchdowns and Burrow was 23-of-28 for 327 and three touchdowns.

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LSU safety JaCoby Stevens (3) pulls in an interception in the end zone on a pass intended for Texas A&M wide receiver Kendrick Rogers (13) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. LSU won 50-7. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

LSU 50, Texas A&M 7

Nov. 30, Baton Rouge

This Senior Night outing was done at halftime with LSU leading 31-0 with a 324-40 edge in yardage. The defense held the Aggies to 169 total yards (under 100 both running and throwing) while posting six sacks and three interceptions. Burrow throws for 352 yards and three touchdowns in final home game before departing with 12 minutes left. Chase catches seven for 197 and two touchdowns and Cade York kicks two field goals of at least 50 yards.

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Dec 7, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; LSU Tigers offensive lineman Austin Deculus (76) does a snow angel in confetti after their win against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2019 SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

LSU 37, Georgia 10

Dec. 7, Atlanta

LSU wins its first SEC Championship since 2011 and beats a fifth AP top-10 opponent. The Bulldogs entered the night allowing only 10.4 points per game before Burrow earned MVP honors with 349 passing yards and four touchdowns. The Tigers led 17-3 at halftime and then outscored Georgia 17-0 in the third.

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LSU tight end Thaddeus Moss (81) celebrates his touchdown against Oklahoma during the first half of the Peach Bowl NCAA semifinal college football playoff game, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik)

LSU 63, Oklahoma 28

Dec. 28, Atlanta

The Tigers jump out to a 49-14 halftime lead in the Peach Bowl playoff semifinal with Burrows throwing seven touchdowns, four to Jefferson who finishes with 14 catches for 227 yards. Burrow adds an eight touchdown running in the third quarter and throws for 493 yards (LSU totaled 692 yards). Defensive MVP K’Lavon Chaisson had two sacks among his six tackles.

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