LSU overcame key absences on defense to defeat No. 8 UCF 40-32 and win the Fiesta Bowl. The 10th win for LSU was the first loss for the Knights since 2016.

Coach Ed Orgeron wasn’t expected to win 10 games in the 2018 campaign. He entered the season on the hotseat, with LSU considered underdogs to Miami in Week 1 and many of its SEC West rivals. Orgeron’s squad beat the expectations, starting with a thumping of Hurricanes and ending with the bowl game victory.

After the game, a happy Orgeron touched on a variety of topics, including the first-quarter hit on Burrow, the graduate transfer quarterback’s recruitment and his coordinators’ game plans on Tuesday.