FINAL: LSU 45, Texas 38
The Tigers served notice as a legitimate contender for the College Football Playoff only two games into the season with a victory on the road over Texas, which scored a touchdown with 22 seconds to play but failed to recover the onside kick. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow completed 31 of 39 passes for 471 yards and four touchdowns, inserting his name into the Heisman Trophy discussion. The redshirt senior who transferred to LSU from Ohio State has nine touchdown passes this year and extended his school record of games with least 20 completions to five in a row. LSU had three players amass at least 123 receiving yards, led by Justin Jefferson’s 163 and three touchdowns. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, meanwhile, accounted for five touchdowns, four coming on passes. Two Longhorns players had at least 116 receiving yards, including a team-high 154 from Devin Duvernay.
LSU scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, the last a 61-yard pass from quarterback Joe Burrow to wide receiver Justin Jefferson with 2:27 to play. A two-point conversion pass put the Tigers in front by two touchdowns. The Tigers’ other two touchdowns came on Borrow’s 26-yard pass to Terrace Marshall and tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s 12-yard run. Texas scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, with quarterback Sam Ehlinger completing two touchdown passes to Devin Duvernay, whose 15-yard catch with 22 seconds to play got the Longhorns within the final margin. Texas, however, failed to recover the onside kick.
Texas gets late touchdown but still trails: The Longhorns got a little bit of life late when Sam Ehliinger completed a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Devin Duvernay, but Texas narrowly missed recovering the ensuing onside kick attempt. Longhorns wide receiver Collin Johnson dove to try to recover the ball on the kick but landed out of bounds. (LSU 45, Texas 38 with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter)
Joe Borrow completes long touchdown throw: On third down and 17, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow tossed a 61-yard scoring pass to wide receiver Justin Jefferson. Wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase then caught the two-point conversion pass from Burrow, who had been sacked for a seven-yard loss on second and 10. (LSU 45, Texas 31 with 2:27 left in the fourth quarter)
Cameron Dicker draws Texas within six: Sophomore place-kicker Cameron Dicker easily made a field goal from 47 yards after Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took a sack three plays earlier. Linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. dropped Ehlinger for a loss of 12 on first and 10 from the LSU 42. Texas got into field goal range on Ehlinger’s 13-yard run on third and 22. (LSU 37, Texas 31 with 3:59 left in the fourth quarter)
Tigers continue offensive fireworks in fourth quarter: One series after Texas drew within two points on a touchdown drive, LSU came back with tailback Clyde Edwards-Helaire’s 12-yard scoring run around the left side on first and 10. The run capped a 75-yard, six-play possession. The Tigers benefited from a roughing-the-passer penalty assessed to defensive end Malcolm Roach with LSU at the Longhorns’ 39-yard line. (LSU 37, Texas 28 with 9:58 left in the fourth quarter)
Fourth down gamble pays off for Longhorns: On fourth and three from the LSU 44, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger completed a short pass over the middle to wide receiver Devin Duvernay, who shed several defenders on the way to the end zone. The touchdown came on the Longhorns’ ensuing series after LSU scored a touchdown two plays into the fourth quarter. (LSU 30, Texas 28 with 12:09 left in the fourth quarter)
Tigers score seconds into the fourth quarter: On the second snap of the fourth quarter, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow completed a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Terrace Marshall. It was the third touchdown of the game for Burrow, a redshirt senior who transferred to LSU after two years at Ohio State. (LSU 30, Texas 21 with 14:52 left in the fourth quarter)
LSU clings to lead in the 3rd quarter: After its offense struggled in the first half, Texas scored two touchdowns in the third quarter on consecutive possessions, both courtesy of quarterback Sam Ehlinger. The junior who played high school football only a few miles from Memorial Stadium completed a 20-yard touchdown to wide receiver Jake Smith one series after scoring on a two-yard run on second and goal. The defense did its part too, not allowing any points in the quarter.
Longhorns score second touchdown in a row: On third and 10, Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger completed a 20-yard scoring throw to freshman wide receiver Jake Smith, capping a 75-yard drive. Ehlinger also completed passes of 18, 17 and 15 yards during the series. (LSU 23, Texas 21 with 2:36 left in the third quarter)
Cade York makes his third field goal: Freshman place-kicker Cade York booted a 40-yard field goal to give the Tigers a bit more separation after Texas had marched 86 yards on 19 plays to draw within six. York made field goals of 33 yards in the second quarter and 36 in the first quarter for the first points of the game. (LSU 23, Texas 14 with 5:10 left in the third quarter)
Injuries plaguing the LSU defense: Several Tigers defensive players left the game in the third quarter with ailments believed to be heat-related. Linebacker Michael Divinity Jr. twice had trainers attend to him on the field, and safety Grant Delpit walked slowly to the sideline following Texas’s 19-play, 86-yard touchdown drive. Defensive end Rashard Lawrence also had to be helped off the field earlier in the quarter. (LSU 20, Texas 14 with 5:14 left in the third quarter)
Longhorns close margin on Ehlinger’s short run: Making its third trip of the game inside the LSU 10-yard line, Texas breaks through with quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s two-yard touchdown run. The Longhorns had turned it over on downs the first two times they went for it on fourth down and goal. Ehlinger has accounted for both of Texas’s touchdowns, also completing a 55-yard scoring pass to Brennan Eagles. (LSU 20, Texas 14 with 6:51 left in the third quarter)
HALF: LSU 20, Texas 7
Quarterback Joe Burrow went 16-of-21 for 220 yards and two touchdowns, both to wide receiver Justin Jefferson (six catches, 83 yards), and sixth-ranked LSU used a 17-point second quarter to take a 20-7 lead at halftime against No. 9 Texas in Austin. Burrow is seeking to extend his school record of consecutive games with at least 20 completions to five in a row. Last week he broke the previous record of three held by Tommy Hodson during LSU’s 55-3 win against Georgia Southern. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger was 9-of-19 for 136 yards and a touchdown, but the Longhorns twice failed to score on fourth and goal.
2nd Quarter: Quarterback Joe Burrow completed a pair of touchdown throws to wide receiver Justin Jefferson to give LSU a 20-7 lead. The second touchdown pass covering 21 yards capped a possession lasting just 26 seconds. Jefferson also caught a six-yard touchdown pass. The Longhorns’ only points of the quarter came on quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s 55-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brennan Eagles.
Justin Jefferson catches second touchdown: The Tigers needed just 26 seconds to score shortly before halftime, getting quarterback Joe Burrow’s 21-yard touchdown throw to Jefferson, who beat defensive back Josh Thompson in the end zone. It was the second touchdown reception for Jefferson and Burrow’s seventh touchdown pass this season. (LSU 20, Texas 7 with 47 seconds left in the second quarter)
Another field goal for LSU: Place-kicker Cade York’s 33-yard field goal capped a 65-yard drive during which the Tigers reached the 4-yard line. But on third and goal, Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai sacked quarterback Joe Burrow for an 11-yard loss. Ossai was able to get to Burrow when running back Clyde Edward-Helaire could not hold his block against the blitzing Ossai. (LSU 13, Texas 7 with 1:41 left in the second quarter)
Justin Jefferson puts Tigers back in front: LSU capped a 75-yard, eight-play drive with quarterback Joe Burrow’s six-yard scoring throw to Jefferson on third and goal. Jefferson also caught passes of 12 and 17 yards during the possession, and Burrow ran for 16 yards early in the series. Burrow has thrown six touchdowns over five quarters this season. (LSU 10, Texas 3 with 7:30 left in the 2nd quarter)
Big play yields first touchdown of game for Longhorns: Quarterback Sam Ehlinger completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Brennan Eagles for the Longhorns’ first lead of the game. Eagles caught the ball over cornerback Kristian Fulton, who turned his ankle in the first quarter and briefly left the game, at roughly the 30-yard line and ran untouched into the end zone. (Texas 7, LSU 3 with 10:29 left in the 2nd quarter)
LSU leads Texas at end of first quarter: A pair of defensive stands from LSU highlighted the first quarter, with the Tigers twice keeping Texas out of the end zone on fourth and goal. The second of those stops came with the Longhorns at the 1-yard line when they got penetration and tackled running back Keaontay Ingram short of the goal line. LSU caught a break on Texas’s previous series when on fourth and goal from the 2, Ingram dropped a pass from quarterback Sam Ehlinger in the end zone. The only points in the quarter came on place-kicker Cade York’s 36-yard field goal. (LSU 3, Texas 0, end of 1st quarter)
LSU stuffs Texas again on fourth and goal: For the second time in as many possessions, the Longhorns chose to go for it on fourth and goal, this time from the 1-yard line. And for the second time, LSU’s stout defense kept Texas out of the end zone, swarming running back Keaontay Ingram and preventing him from crossing the goal line. Texas had gotten the ball at the LSU 4-yard line when Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai intercepted a pass from Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow at the 12-yard line. (LSU 3, Texas 0 with 2:20 left in the first quarter)
Texas fails to convert on fourth and goal: The Longhorns elected to go for it on fourth and goal from the 2 and had a perfect play called, allowing tailback Keaontay Ingram to come wide open in the end zone. But the sophomore, with no defenders near him, was unable to catch the throw from quarterback Sam Ehlinger. (LSU 3, Texas 0 with 5:04 left in the 1st quarter)
Potential big loss for LSU: Tigers cornerback Kristian Fulton was slow to get up after colliding with Texas wide receiver Devin Duvernay on a play that had ended moments earlier, when officials called LSU for being offside. Fulton, among the top players in the country at his position, was favoring his right ankle as trainers attended to him on the field. Once on the sideline, Fulton was getting his ankle rewrapped, but Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger went right after his replacement, Cordale Flott, completing a 28-yard pass to wide receiver Brennan Eagles. (LSU 3, Texas 0 with 6:04 left in the 1st quarter)
Tigers settle for field goal to open scoring: Place-kicker Cade York made a 36-yard field goal on LSU’s opening possession after the drive stalled inside the red zone. The Tigers had marched to the 18-yard line, but on third down and five, quarterback Joe Burrow threw an incomplete pass intended for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. LSU’s new-look spread offense had its moments, though, including Burrow completing a 38-yard pass to wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (LSU 3, Texas 0 with 8:04 left in the 1st quarter)
LSU at Texas
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Memorial Stadium, Austin.
Line: LSU by 6.5.
Streaming: Watch ESPN.
The showdown between the Tigers and Longhorns features two high-profile quarterbacks in the Longhorns’ Sam Ehlinger and the Tigers’ Joe Burrow.
Both are coming off impressive performances in season-opening wins last weekend.
Burrow matched a school record with five touchdown passes, all in the first half, before exiting after the first series of the third quarter with a 55-3 victory over visiting Georgia Southern well in hand. The redshirt senior did not throw an interception or get sacked.
Ehlinger completed 28 of 38 passes for 276 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in a 45-14 win against Louisiana Tech, although LSU linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson added some spice to the Saturday’s game, telling reporters:
“I don’t really find [Ehlinger] too much of a threat. Not taking a shot at him, but he uses his legs more than his arm. Just like high school."
Tigers Coach Ed Orgeron, however, spoke glowingly about Ehlinger this week, comparing him to a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback against whom he coached when he was an assistant at Mississippi.
“He reminds me a little of Tebow,” Orgeron said, referring to Tim Tebow, the former star at Florida. “I was at another school when we had to play Tebow. I’m not saying he’s as good as Tebow. I’m not saying he’s not. Reminds me of that type of player, but he’s a better thrower.”
Longhorns Coach Tom Herman, meanwhile, is plenty familiar with Burrow, whom he recruited when he served as offensive coordinator at Ohio State. Burrow, a native of Athens, Ohio, served as J.T. Barrett’s backup for two seasons before transferring to LSU.
Burrow also directed the Tigers to 21 points in the first quarter, a feat LSU did not accomplish in any game last season.
“I love Joe,” Herman said during his weekly news conference. “I recruited him. I got to know his family. He’s a coach’s kid. His dad is the [former] defensive coordinator at Ohio University. He reminds me a lot of our guy [Ehlinger]. He’s physically, mentally tough. He’s uber competitive.”
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