LSU wins SEC Title; defeat Bulldogs 37-10

Led by Joe Burrow’s four touchdown passes, No. 1-ranked LSU won its 12th SEC Championship, 37-10, over No. 4 Georgia on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

In head coach Ed Orgeron’s third full season in Baton Rouge, LSU improved to 13-0 and solidified its place in the College Football Playoff Semifinals to be held Dec. 28. The Tigers beat five top-10 teams along the way and brought the league’s trophy back to Baton Rouge for the first time since 2011.

The Tigers will learn the semifinal seed and destination on Sunday approximately 11:15 a.m. CT on ESPN.

Burrow, the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next Saturday in New York, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after completing 28-of-38 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns. His footwork and escapability allowed him to lead LSU in rushing for most of the contest (41 yards), and he also caught a deflected pass that he threw for a 16-yard gain.

LSU built a 17-3 halftime advantage and scored the first 17 points of the second half to put the game out of reach before the end of the third quarter, 34-3.

In a contest played 70 miles from Georgia’s Athens campus, only the vocal minority of LSU faithful remained in the stands as confetti rained over the purple and gold Tigers. The Tigers improved to 5-1 in SEC Championship games since the current format started in 1992.

The Tigers outgained Georgia, 481-286, choosing to take advantage of Burrow’s accuracy and running ability to pick apart the stellar Bulldogs’ defensive which entered the game allowing 10.4 points per game and only one rushing touchdown. 

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson led LSU with 115 yards on seven catches with a touchdown, becoming the 10th LSU player to amass 2,000 career receiving yards.

Versatile running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire ran for 57 yards and caught seven passes for 61 more. Wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. caught touchdown passes of 7 and 4 yards, finishing the evening with five catches for 89 yards. Ja’Marr Chase battled through illness to catch three passes for 41 yards including a 23-yard touchdown from Burrow on the Tigers’ first drive. 

Defensively, the Tigers kept Georgia (11-2) off the field by allowing only 3-of-13 on third down, while holding the Bulldogs to its lowest rushing total (61 yards) since 2017.

LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. continued to remind the nation not to throw his way, as the freshman had a pair of interceptions in the second and third quarters. Safety JaCoby Stevens led the Tigers with seven tackles, while Thorpe Award finalist Grant Delpit, and linebackers Patrick Queen and K’Lavon Chaisson each had sacks of Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm.

Fromm managed only 20-of-42 passing for 225 yards with a touchdown when the outcome was decided in the fourth quarter.