LSU breaks the will of the Knights to win 10th game of the season

Kristian Garic
January 01, 2019 - 4:55 pm

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With six defensive starters out of the game, and trailing UCF early in the first quarter by eleven points, the Tigers roared back and took a bite out of the Golden Knights with a Fiesta Bowl victory 40-32.  

Quarterback Joe Burrow paced LSU’s offense with four touchdown passes, giving the Tigers their 10th victory of the season.  The LSU offense produced 555 yards of total offense, and limited the high flying UCF offense to just 250 total yards. 

This is a big win for LSU in so many ways.  The Tigers were projected to win just seven games this season, with a transfer quarterback and a bunch of young players on offense and defense.   This Fiesta Bowl win gets LSU back on track as one of the titans of college football.  

The win over UCF also snapped the Knights 25 game winning streak. 

There are some things to pick at; this victory wasn’t perfect by any means, but still a really strong statement by LSU.  What alarmed me was the amount of penalties called on both LSU and UCF, but the undisciplined penalties by the Tigers were enough to get them beat by a better team.  

Personal foul calls and silly mistakes in pivotal moments of the game almost cost LSU the win.  However, it didn’t, and Coach Ed Orgeron and his LSU fighting Tigers have some nice momentum to carry into 2019.

 

 

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