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LSU routs Sooners in Peach Bowl 63-28

Shorthanded in terms of player availability, No. 4-ranked Oklahoma fell short on the scoreboard in a College Football Playoff semifinal and fell 63-28 to No. 1-ranked LSU on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.


OU was without defensive lineman Ronnie Perkins (its best pass rusher), running back Rhamondre Stevenson and wide receiver Trejan Bridges. Also missing was starting strong safety Delarrin Turner-Yell, who was out with an injury.

The Sooners' lack of depth was exploited further when starting nickelback Brendan Hadley-Hiles was ejected for targeting early in the second quarter. Earlier in the game, All-American linebacker Kenneth Murray missed time with an apparent leg injury.

Appearing in their third straight CFP semifinal and their fourth in the last five years, the Sooners finished 12-2 for the third consecutive season.

Two weeks ago, LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy by the most lopsided vote in history. On Saturday, he completed 29 of 39 passes for 497 yards and seven touchdowns.

The Tigers (14-0) finished with 692 total yards with 532 coming through the air. Receiver Justin Jefferson had 14 receptions for 227 yards and four touchdowns.

Heisman runner-up Jalen Hurts completed 15 of 31 passes for 217 yards and one touchdown for OU. He also had 43 yards rushing on 12 carries and scored two TDs. First-team All-America wide receiver CeeDee Lamb had four receptions for 119 yards (29.8 average).

After the Tigers took a 7-0 lead, OU tied the score at 7 when Kennedy Brooks scored from 3 yards out following a 51-yard connection from Hurts to Lamb.

Trailing 14-7, Hurts threw an incomplete third-down pass to freshman Jaden Haselwood, who appeared to be contacted before the ball arrived. No pass interference was called, however, and the Tigers scored on their next three possessions to open a 35-7 lead early in the second quarter.

Burrow rushed for a touchdown in the opening drive of the second half, becoming the first player in FBS history responsible for eight TDs in a bowl game.

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