“I put my hand up to say I was open, but I didn’t think he was going to throw it,” Jefferson said in the locker room after the game.
Indeed, it was the type of stirring play that is central to the SEC’s recurring plot, in which a Heisman contender transforms the championship showdown proper right into a showcase. Since 2009, three of the conference’s 4 Heisman winners starred in the game proper right here days sooner than they claimed the trophy in New York. Burrow, in his final yr at L.S.U. after transferring from Ohio State sooner than the start of the ultimate season, in all chance did not need Atlanta’s grand stage to affect voters, whose ballots are due on Monday.
With the unfold offense abruptly in trend in Baton Rouge, he entered Mercedes-Benz Stadium with 4,366 yards passing this season, a conference file and second in the nation this yr, trailing solely Anthony Gordon of Washington State. He had completed larger than 78 p.c of his passes and alter into the first participant in the league’s historic previous to throw for a minimal of 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns in a single season.
“God, he makes us look good with everything he does,” said Joe Brady, L.S.U.’s passing recreation coordinator. “He’s one of those guys that, he’s just always wanting more. He’s always thinking, he’s on the sidelines talking about, ‘Hey, some things I’m looking for, things I’m liking.’”
Brady went on: “I’m not amazed because it’s kind of the expectation I have for Joe now.”
As the score climbed larger and higher for the Tigers, there received right here a question of when, or whether or not or not, L.S.U. would pull the particular person so important to its quest to win its first nationwide championship due to the 2007 season.
He did go away, lastly. There had been a decrease than 4 minutes to play, nonetheless, Georgia nonetheless did not get the ball once more. And immediately afterward, L.S.U. may solely marvel how the playoff alternative committee would slot its squad — and argue, some additional convincingly than others, that it was not absolutely associated.
“It doesn’t matter where they rank us, where they tell us to go,” said Ed Orgeron, the L.S.U. coach. “We’ve got to win the next game. That’s all that matters.”