Gam­bles pay off

LSU con­verts on four 4th downs to beat No. 2 Ge­or­gia

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

BA­TON ROUGE, La. — Joe Bur­row passed for 200 yards and had two short touch­down runs, LSU’s de­fense stag­gered Ge­or­gia’s nor­mally pro­lific of­fense, and the 13th-ranked Tigers beat the No. 2 Bull­dogs 36-16 on Satur­day to give coach Ed Org­eron a sig­na­ture vic­tory.

Five fourth-down de­ci­sions by Org­eron in­flu­enced the re­sult. LSU con­verted all four times it ran an of­fen­sive play on fourth down, sus­tain­ing three drives that pro­duced a to­tal of 13 points.

In an­other in­stance, Org­eron called time­out and elected to punt on fourt­hand-2 af­ter the of­fense ini­tially re­mained on the field. That de­ci­sion pinned Ge­or­gia at its 4, and Kris­tian Ful­ton’s in­ter­cep­tion of Jake Fromm’s pass shortly af­ter­ward set up an­other of Cole Tracy’s five field goals.

Clyde Ed­wards-He­laire rushed for 133 yards for LSU (6-1, 3-1 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence), and Justin Jef­fer­son caught six passes for 108 yards, in­clud­ing a 41-yard snag of a pass ri­fled over the mid­dle and be­tween con­verg­ing de­fend­ers. That catch set up Bur­row’s sec­ond TD in the fourth quar­ter.

Nick Bros­sette added a short touch­down in the fi­nal min­utes af­ter Bur­row’s 59-yard scam­per. Fans rushed the field, ig­nor­ing pleas not to do so from the pub­lic ad­dress an­nouncer, as the game ended.

Fromm had by far his worst game this sea­son, com­plet­ing 16 of 34 passes for 209 yards, one touch­down and two in­ter­cep­tions.

Be­hind from the be­gin­ning, Ge­or­gia (6-1, 4-1) was un­able to turn to its run­ning game as much as it might have pre­ferred. Av­er­ag­ing about 245 yards, the Bull­dogs fin­ished with 113 at LSU, led by D’An­dre Swift’s 72 yards. Eli­jah Holy­field scored Ge­or­gia’s first touch­down late in the third quar­ter.

Ge­or­gia could tum­ble a num­ber of spots in the Top 25 poll, de­pend­ing on how much vot­ers weigh its rel­a­tively unim­pres­sive sched­ule prior to vis­it­ing Death Val­ley.

LSU, which dropped from fifth af­ter los­ing at Florida a week ear­lier, could very well climb back into the top 10.

The Tigers haven’t lost two straight since Org­eron took over for Les Miles four games into the 2016 sea­son and now are 7-0 im­me­di­ately af­ter a loss.

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