ATLANTA – Joe Burrow finished off his likely Heisman Trophy coronation with another dazzling performance and No. 2 LSU locked up a spot in the College Football Playoff for the first time, dominating No. 4 Georgia 37-10 in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game on Saturday.
The Tigers, going for their first national title since the 2007 season, will either return to Atlanta or head west to suburban Phoenix for a semifinal game on Dec. 28.
Burrow was all over the stat sheet for LSU (13-0). He threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns. He was the Tigers' second-leading rusher with 41 yards on 11 carries, often leaving the Bulldogs grasping at air as he twirled this way and that. He even caught a pass on a ball that was batted down at the line and wound up his arms, taking off for a 16-yard gain.
'"He's a great athlete, man," Georgia safety J.R. Reed said of Burrow. "We had a lot of plays out there we were supposed to make, and he'd just squeeze out of it."
LSU left no doubt that it is the king of the mighty SEC, completing its run through a gantlet of the league's top teams. The Tigers had already knocked off Alabama, Florida and Auburn. Now, they can add the Bulldogs to the list.