LSU: 15 most incredible things about 15-0
LSU had a remarkable season on its way to the College Football Playoff Championship.
Undefeated SEC champion.
Rolled past No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 3 Clemson in its first Playoff appearance.
Set a slew of records, won a slew of individual awards.
Here are the 15 most incredible things about the Tigers’ perfect march to 15-0:
1. Only 1 other FBS team has done it
That was last year’s Clemson team.
Clemson had won 29 straight before LSU won 42-25 Monday night to complete its own 15-0 season.
Now LSU has the longest winning streak in the FBS at 16. Next up: Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 5 in Tiger Stadium.
2. The defensive turnaround
LSU gave up more than 35 points in 4 games. It gave up 38 to Vanderbilt of all people. It gave up 37 points, more than 400 rushing yards and more than 600 total yards to Ole Miss.
But after that Ole Miss game it was dominant, not just against Arkansas and Texas A&M, but also against Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson.
3. Top 10 wins
LSU became the 1st team in history to beat 7 teams ranked in the AP Top 10 at the time they played them. Some teams might have looked better or worse than a top 10 team at some point during the year.
But when the Tigers played them, Texas, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Clemson were all considered among the elite teams in the country.
4. First 4
LSU didn’t exactly come out of nowhere to win the national championship. It was ranked No. 6 in the AP preseason poll.
But it personally took care of each of the top 4 teams in the preseason poll – Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma. It’s the first team to ever do that.
Oh, and it beat those teams by an average margin of 21.0 points.
5. Ja’Marr Chase
He had 8 touchdown catches of 50 or more yards, which was 2 more than the previous record.
He also set the SEC single-season records with 20 TD receptions and 1,784 yards.
6. Justin Jefferson
He set a CFP record with 23 receptions in 2 Playoff games, which helped him become the first LSU player to catch 100 passes in a season. He finished with 18 TD receptions — 2nd only to Chase in SEC history.
7. Thaddeus Moss
Defenses had their hands full with Chase, Jefferson and Terrace Marshall Jr.
And Moss took advantage by having the most productive season ever by an LSU tight end and catching 2 touchdowns in the title game.
8. Making stops when they counted
The LSU defense held Clemson to 1 conversion of 11 3rd downs.
Clemson had the advantage in field position early. It reached the cusp of field-goal range a few times without getting close enough to actually kick. It could never get on a roll offensively.
That’s because LSU kept stopping it when it was most important – on 3rd down.
9. 628 yards of offense
Clemson has an elite defense, arguably the best in all of college football.
It forced LSU to punt on its first 3 possessions.
LSU finished with 628 yards.
That’s almost as many as it had in its previous 2 championship-game victories, against Oklahoma and Ohio State, combined (638).
10. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
He rushed for more than 1,000 yards. He led the SEC with 16 rushing touchdowns. And he caught 55 passes, the most by an LSU running back in a season.
11. Scoring records
The Tigers averaged 48.4 points per game. That’s 10 points per game more than the previous program record of 38 set by the 2007 BCS champions.
The 728 points are an NCAA record.
12. Playing with a lead
Entering the championship game, LSU had trailed only 5 times this season. Never for long, and never by much.
The last time it trailed was during the 3rd quarter of a 23-20 victory against Auburn on Oct. 26.
13. Never far behind
Even when LSU had trailed, it was never by more than one score.
Until the title game.
That’s when Clemson took a 17-7 lead early in the 2nd quarter.
That margin lasted 81 seconds before LSU cut it to 3 before taking the lead for good minutes later.
14. Seizing control
The championship game turned after Clemson took that 10-point lead.
LSU followed with 21 consecutive points in barely 9 minutes to take a lead it would never relinquish.
15. Joe Burrow
What else is there to say?
He broke countless LSU, SEC and NCAA records on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy by a record margin.
He became the 1st QB in FBS history to throw 60 TD passes in a season. He finished with 5,671 yards — tied for 3rd in FBS history. He broke the SEC single-season TD mark by 16 and passing yards mark by 1,396 yards.
Suffice to say, no college football player has ever had a better season than Burrow had this season.