How it all happened Saturday night:
LSU 3, Texas 0. The Longhorns’ defense produced a sack and an interception, but the Tigers had the only points thanks to an opening-drive field goal that was set up by Joe Burrow’s 38-yard pass to Terrace Marshall. Texas twice was stuffed short on fourth-and-goal plays from inside the 2, on consecutive drives.
LSU: Cade York 36-yard field goal (8:04)
Halftime: LSU 20, Texas 7. Burrow started carving up the UT secondary, throwing for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the quarter. Both scores went to Justin Jefferson. Brennan Eagles, who had two touchdown catches last week, scored on a 55-yard pass. It was the first 50-yard touchdown play in the Tom Herman era and Texas’ first play that went 50 or more yards since 2017.
Texas: Brennan Eagles 55-yard pass from Sam Ehlinger (Cameron Dicker kick, 10:29)
LSU: Justin Jefferson 6-yard pass from Joe Burrow (York kick, 7:30)
LSU: York 33-yard field goal (1:41)
LSU: Jefferson 21-yard pass from Burrow (York kick, :47)
LSU 23, Texas 21: After forcing an LSU punt to open the second half, Texas strung together a 19-play drive that went for 86 yards and took 7:17 off the clock. Only two plays on that drive went for more than 10-yard gains, six different Longhorns touched the football and tight end Reese Leitao recorded the first catch of his career. After pulling to within 20-14, Texas traded a York field goal for Jake Smith’s first career touchdown catch. The Tigers, however, were driving when the quarter ended; their drive had reached Texas’ 26.
Texas: Ehlinger 2-yard run (Dicker kick, 6:51)
LSU: York 40-yard field goal (5:10)
Texas: Jake Smith 20-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 2:36)
Final: LSU 45, Texas 38. The Tigers scored on the first play of the quarter, as Kobe Boyce was beaten for an easy 26-yard pass. That turned a 23-21 game into 30-21. But later, a fourth-down gamble with 12:16 left paid off for Texas, as Devin Duvernay turned a short slant pass into a long touchdown thanks to two missed tackles. LSU answered with a touchdown. In fact, the Tigers answered every Texas score with a score. Ehlinger found Duvernay for a late score, but Collin Johnson couldn’t quite control the onside kick on the sideline.
LSU: Terrace Marshall 26-yard pass from Burrow (York kick, 14:52)
Texas: Devin Duvernay 44-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, 12:09)
LSU: Clyde Edwards-Helaire 12-yard run (York kick, 9:58)
LSU: Jefferson 61-yard pass from Burrow (Ja’Marr Chase catch from Burrow)
Texas: Duvernay 15-yard pass from Ehlinger (Dicker kick, :22)
First downs: Texas 30, LSU 28
Rushes-yards: Texas 37-121, LSU 29-102
Comp.-Att.-Int.: LSU 31-39-471, Texas 32-48-409
Return yards: LSU 11, Texas 2
Punts-Avg.: LSU 2-48.0, Texas 3-44.0
Fumbles-Lost: LSU 0-0, Texas 1-0
Penalties-Yards: Texas 6-50, LSU 6-65
Time of possession: Texas 33:53, LSU 26:07
PASSING: Texas — Ehlinger 31-47-401, 4/0; Duvernay 1-1-8, 0/0. LSU — Burrow 31-39-471, 4/1
RUSHING: Texas — Ehlinger 19-60-1, R. Johnson 7-32, Ingram 10-29, Duvernay 1-0; LSU — Edwards-Helaire 15-87-1, Fournette 3-9, Burrow 9-8, Davis-Price 1-0
RECEIVING: Texas — Duvernay 12-154-2, Eagles 5-116-1, Ingram 5-32, C. Johnson 3-49, R. Johnson 3-17, Smith 1-20, Ehlinger 1-8, Leitao 1-7, Brewer 1-6; LSU — Jefferson 9-163-3, Chase 8-147, Marshall 6-123-1, Edwards-Helaire 4-15, Fournette 2-3, Moss 1-15, McMath 1-5