LSU 56, Texas Tech 27
After a late-season downturn cost him in the Heisman Race, Leonard Fournette broke out again with a record-setting performance in the Texas Bowl to lead LSU to a decisive win over Texas Tech. The Tigers put up their best offensive totals of the season against the Red Raiders’ much-maligned defense, and used steady pressure to disrupt one of the best offenses in the country.
Player of the game
- Fournette rushed for 212 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught a 44-yard touchdown pass. His five touchdowns from scrimmage tied an NCAA bowl record.
- The Tigers had season highs of 638 total yards and 56 points.
- Fournette finished the season with 22 rushing touchdowns, an LSU record.
- The Tigers sacked Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes II six times for a total loss of 52 yards.
- Mahomes completed 28-of-56 passes for 370 yards and four touchdowns, and became the 13th quarterback in NCAA history to surpass 5,000 total yards in a season.
- Red Raiders wide receiver Jakeem Grant caught 10 passes for 125 yards and a season-high three touchdowns.
- LSU had 384 rushing yards to Texas Tech’s 29.
- With the Red Raiders driving for a potential tying touchdown in the third quarter, Mahomes was intercepted at the 1-yard line by LSU’s Rickey Jefferson. LSU scored on the ensuing drive and eventually went up, 42-20.