LSU Wins Second BCS Title
by Mike Mitchell
January 7, 2008
LSU defeated Ohio State 38-24 in the BCS Championship Game to become the first team of the BCS era to win two national championship games on the field. LSU also won the 2003 BCS title game over Oklahoma while USC was voted No. 1 that season in the AP Poll.
Ohio State lost for the second consecutive year to an SEC team, and the Buckeyes are the second team to lose back-to-back BCS title games. Oklahoma lost in 2003 in 2004.
The Buckeyes took a 10-0 lead with a touchdown and a field goal on their first two possessions. They would need six more possession before they would score again. The Tigers took a 23-10 halftime lead and went up 31-10 in the 3rd quarter on Matt Flynn's 4-yard TD pas to Early Doucet, one of four Flynn TD passes for the night.
Flynn's final passing numbers were not flashy, but efficient, and indicate how well he protected the ball. His 4 TD passes were offset by just one interception as he completed 19-of-27 for 174 yards.
The turning point in the game may have come in the second quarter when Ohio State was driving to retake the lead. But a 37-yard field goal, that would have given the Buckeyes a 13-10 lead, was blocked and the Tigers marched 66 yards in 10 plays to take the lead for good.
LSU quickly quelled any hopes that Buckeye fans had of a second half comeback. The Tigers took the 3rd quarter kick-off and embarked on an 80-yard drive that consumed 5:56 and gave them a 31-10 lead.
Ohio State quarterback Todd Boeckman was 15-of-26 for 208 yards with 2 TD's and 2 INT's. Running back Chris Wells had 20 carries for 146 yards and a touchdown, including a 65-yard burst of the middle on the fourth play of the game.
The loss dropped Ohio State to 0-9 against SEC teams in bowl games.
SEC teams have won four of the ten BCS titles.