In a wild game that featured several big plays, ejections and four touchdown passes from quarterback Joe Burrow, the 11th ranked LSU Tigers ended UCF’s 25-game winning streak with a 40-32 victory. It was Burrow’s best game as an LSU Tiger, despite throwing a pick six in the 1st quarter that gave UCF a 14-3 lead in the first quarter.
Burrow rebounded to throw for 394 yards. Freshman Ja’Marr Chase had a break out game as he caught six passes for 93 yards and toucdown. Justin Jefferson had two touchdown catches.
LSU struggled in the red zone, but Cole Tracy kicked four field goals to set an NCAA record for most career field goals.
Despite playing short-handed on defense, the Tigers held one of the nation’s most explosive offenses to 250 yards and sacked UCF quarterback Darriel Mack five times. It’s LSU’s first 10-win season since 2013.
Tonight in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, the 5th ranked Georgia Bulldogs will face 15th ranked Texas. The Bulldogs will want to show they should have been in the college football playoffs, while the Longhorns are seeking their 10th win of the season as they make their fourth appearance in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
The Saints first playoff game is not until January 13th and Coach Sean Payton says that gives them time to improve on the fundamentals. Payton is not happy with how his team performed in Sunday’s 33-14 home loss to Carolina. New Orleans will play either Dallas, Seattle or Philadelphia in the NFC divisional round.
The Pelicans celebrated the new year by beating Minnesota 123-114 last night. Anthony Davis did not play because of illness, but Elfrid Payton returned from a broken finger and it helped spark a nine-point win. Julius Randle led the way with 33 points and 11 rebounds.
In college hoops, Ragin Cajuns announce second leading scorer Malike Marquetti is out for the season with a knee injury.