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LSU Vs UCF, By The Numbers


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Most Impressive Win:

UCF vs Cincinnati, 38-13

LSU vs UGA, 36-13



UCF 44.2

LSU 31.8


Points Allowed

UCF 21.2

LSU 20.9


This game matches up two of the best teams with turnover margins. UCF is 3rd Nationally with a +14 and the Tigers, 4 spots behind with a +12.

With UCF allowing teams to rush an average 227.4 ypg, LSU will want to rush, control clock, keeping their offense off the field. Once they are on the field, the lead RB Greg McCrae averages 9 yards per carry. They have three backs that all have speed, I'm talking 4.3 and 4.4 guys. McCrae has broken the 1,000 yard mark already this season.

As for LSU, Devin White has 115 tackles for the season with 12 of them being for a loss.

LSU has a number of players that have played in two games this season, allowing them to play in this one, still allowing them a Red-Shirt.

Nick Brossette needs 78 yards to break a 1,000 yards for the season. This one is doable.


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LSU Knocks Off No. 7 UCF to Win 2019 Fiesta Bowl

January 01, 2019, 04:00 PM (CT) Updated: January 01, 2019, 04:03 PM (CT)
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- No. 11 LSU set a school record with its fourth top-10 victory of the season, handing previously undefeated and seventh-ranked Central Florida a 40-32 defeat in the 2019 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday in Glendale, Ariz.

LSU (10-3) earned its 10th win of the season for the first time since 2013, while UCF (12-1) lost for the first time in 26 games dating to Dec. 17, 2016, in the AutoNation Cure Bowl against Arkansas State.

Junior quarterback Joe Burrow was named Offensive Player of the Game following a 21-of-34 performance for 394 yards and an LSU bowl-record four touchdowns (tied Matt Flynn, 2007). Burrow's 394 yards tied the fourth-most in LSU passing history.

Freshman wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase had a game-high six receptions for 93 yards with a touchdown, while Justin Jefferson added four catches for 87 yards with touchdown grabs of 22 and 33 yards. Stephen Sullivan had three catches for 76 yards, and Derrick Dillon had a career-best 86 yards receiving including a 49-yard touchdown.

Running back Nick Brossette became the 13th Tiger to record 1,000 rushing yards in a single season, as the senior had 117 yards on 29 carries. 

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LSU vs. UCF score, Fiesta Bowl 2019: No. 11 Tigers end No. 8 Knights' undefeated streak

The Tigers ended the longest active winning streak in the nation on Tuesday




No. 11 LSU topped No. 8 UCF 40-32 on Tuesday in the Fiesta Bowl to improve its record to 10-3 on the season and break the Knights' 25-game winning streak dating back to the start of the 2017 campaign. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow had the best game of his career, going 21 of 34 for 394 yards passing and four touchdowns for an offense that racked up 555 yards and averaged 6.5 yards per play against the overmatched Knights defense. 

UCF QB Darriel Mack was under duress all afternoon, managing just 97 passing yards on the day. Running back Greg McCrae was the centerpiece of the Knights offense with 81 yards and one score, and Taj McGowan scored from 2 yards out with under three minutes to play to give coach Josh Heupel's crew a chance. In the end, LSU recovered a late onside kick and drained the clock down to 47 seconds before punting and holding off UCF.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joe Burrow shook off a vicious early hit to throw for 394 yards and four touchdowns, helping No. 11 LSU end No. 7 Central Florida’s 25-game winning streak with a 40-32 victory in the Fiesta Bowl on Tuesday.

LSU (10-3, No. 11 CFP) started its first Fiesta Bowl without several key players on defense and fell into an early 11-point hole against the high-scoring Knights (12-1, No. 8 CFP).

The Tigers clawed back behind Burrow and a defensive front that made life difficult for UCF quarterback Darriel Mack Jr.

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Burrow was slow getting up after being blindsided by 313-pound defensive lineman Joey Connors on an interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter. LSU’s junior quarterback returned to the game and picked apart UCF’s secondary, hitting 21 of 34 of passes, including two touchdowns to Justin Jefferson.

LSU sacked Mack five times and made him rush numerous throws, holding the nation’s third-best offense to 250 total yards — 295 below its average — while spoiling the Knights’ bid for a second-straight self-proclaimed national title.

Taj McGowan scored on a 2-yard run and the Knights converted a 2-point conversion to pull UCF to within 40-32. After LSU recovered the onside kick, the Knights’ last-ditch attempt ended on a tipped interception.

UCF declared itself national champions after finishing as the only undefeated FBS team a year ago. The Knights earned another shot at an undefeated season by staging a massive rally to beat Memphis in the American Athletic Conference title game.

Just like last year, UCF was on the outside looking in when the CFP final four was announced, adding to the boulder-sized chip on its shoulder and only a self-awarded national title in its reach.

The Speedy Knights got the Fiesta Bowl off to a fast start, going up 14-3 on Joe McCrae’s 25-yard TD run and Brandon Moore’s 93-yard interception return.

The Tigers roared back behind Burrow and their disruptive defensive front.

Burrow shook off the big hit on the pick six, finding Jefferson on a pair of scoring passes and a 49-yard TD to Derrick Dillon.

UCF sputtered offensively after its opening drive, but Mack hit Gabriel Davis on a 32-yard pass to pull UCF to within 24-21 at halftime.

Burrow opened the second half with a 32-yard TD pass to Ja’Marr Chase, and Cole Tracy hit three field goals to put LSU up 40-24. Tracy’s final kick, the 97th of his career, broke the NCAA all-division record and sent LSU to its first 10-win season since 2013.


Even depleted, LSU’s defense proved to still be formidable and Burrow showed his grit after the big hit.

UCF missed injured two-time AAC player of the year McKenzie Milton and had no answer for LSU’s passing game.


LSU: RB Nick Brossette is a senior, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is just a sophomore and Burrow will be back. S Grant Delpit, the ninth consensus All-American in program history, also is a sophomore and most of the defense should be back.

UCF: Most of the Knights’ offense skill players should be back, but they have four seniors on the two-deep offensive line roster. UCF also will have new pieces on defense next season, with nine seniors on the two-deep.

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LSU receivers Chase, Marshall set on being the 'dynamic duo'; What they need to work on

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LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (6) makes a reception against Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell (3) in the first half of an NCAA college football in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — They were set on being the dynamic duo.

Terrace Marshall, the five-star from Parkway High, and Ja'Marr Chase, the four-star from Archbishop Rummel.

The wide receivers both put up gaudy numbers in their high school careers in Louisiana, and since the depth chart was wide open when they arrived in Baton Rouge before the 2018 season, they were both expected to make an impact early.

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Chase broke out first, hauling in a 22-yard catch to the 1-yard line in the season-opener against Miami — an explosive play that eventually set LSU ahead by three scores in its 33-17 statement victory over the then-No. 8 Hurricanes.

A Chase catch near the end zone, but not in it, became an amusing trend. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound receiver caught passes from quarterback Joe Burrow within the 5 against Louisiana Tech and Rice.

"Me and Joe, we always talk about it," Chase said Sunday during Fiesta Bowl media day, the first time LSU freshmen were permitted to speak to the media. "He would make it a joke with me and say he wasn't going to throw the ball because I'm going to go out of bounds."

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Chase did score on a 13-yard pass against Southeastern Louisiana, and he recorded his second touchdown of the season on a 21-yarder against Ole Piss.

"It's just something I've gotta pay attention to more," Chase said. Probably give myself more space on the sideline to get more open."

Marshall's development came more slowly. He had three catches for 20 yards through the first four games.

Then, he became a deep target for Burrow. Marshall caught a 52-yard pass against Ole Piss, which set up a touchdown, and then he caught a 37-yard pass against Georgia, which set up a field goal.

Marshall's 16 yards per catch ranks the highest among LSU receivers who have caught more than two passes.

Together, the duo has combined for 29 catches, 412 yards receiving and two touchdowns — a modest contribution to the receiving core, which was led by Justin Jefferson's 788 yards and four touchdowns.

So, how will the duo become dynamic?

The key adjustment, LSU's passing game coordinator Jerry Sullivan said, is for Chase and Marshall to learn how to get past elite college cornerbacks who are aggressively pressing on nearly every play.

It's something that offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger touched on during his Fiesta Bowl news conference Friday morning.

"That's the gateway to being a good player in these days and times," said Sullivan, 73, who spent 25 years coaching wide receivers in the NFL and teaches LSU's receivers route techniques. "You have to be able to get off the press. It's easy to run vertical routes when you get a free release.


Everybody's going to press. Pro football's transcended itself down to college. When you play the good teams, they're going to press you, and that kind of defines how good a player you become."

So, how do you get past the press?

"I teach three things about press: You have to beat the press quickly, create vertical acceleration, and then you have to develop the route and attack," Sullivan said. "It's a three-pronged transition. If you can't get off the press, you can't get a chance to get vertical and develop the route. If you can get off the press and you can get vertical, some guys can't develop the route at the time. So it's a three-fold thing that maintains itself. And they're getting there."

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Chase and Marshall had to learn quickly, Sullivan said, and Marshall didn't recover 100 percent from breaking his fibula in high school until June, and Chase didn't begin practicing with LSU until August.

Another off-season with more improvement, Marshall said, pushes them closer to their overall goal.

"We're shooting for a national championship," Marshall said. "That's always going to be the goal."

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