There was no question that LSU QB Joe Burrow looked especially motivated following his interception returned for a touchdown early in the Fiesta Bowl against Central Florida.
His teammates noticed too, but they seemed to expect it.
Speaking with reporters after the game, WR Jordan Jefferson shared that Burrow doesn’t like to throw interceptions, and since he figured that one was his fault, he wanted to make up for it in a big way. In the 40-32 victory, Burrow was 21-for-34 passing for 394 yards, four touchdowns and the interception. He helped deliver LSU’s first 10-win season since 2013.
“When Joe get mad, he get a little too into it,” said Jefferson, who had four catches for 87 yards and two touchdowns. “He wanted to go out and give our team the points back.”
Jefferson didn’t admit if he was concerned about Burrow returning to the game, and said the players have confidence in Burrow and backup Myles Brennan.
“We just needed to settle down and get focused and execute what we needed to do,” Jefferson said. “We did what we had to do.”
Jefferson admitted that he knew after his first touchdown that LSU could beat UCF on one-on-one coverages.
“That’s what we did, and we made plays off of it,” he said.
Jefferson even agreed with tweets from Greedy Williams, who sat out to prepare for the NFL Draft, about LSU having too much talent to not beat UCF. Jefferson said Williams understood from practices throughout out the season what LSU would be capable of in the Fiesta Bowl.
There wasn’t additional pressure, in Jefferson’s mind, for the offense to pick up the slack from the absences across the defense.