GAMETRAK: LSU 38, Ohio State 24

An in-depth look at how they scored in the BCS National Championship Game.

No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 2 LSU Tigers

AllState BCS National Championship Game

Monday Jan. 7, 2007

Louisiana Superdome

New Orleans, La.

Attendance: 79,651

1ST QUARTER

Ohio State 7, LSU 0

Drive: 4 Plays, 77 Yards, 1:26

Scoring Play: Chris "Beanie" Wells 65 run

PAT: Ryan Pretorius kick

Clock: 13:34

Drive Started: At Ohio State's 23 following Jamario O'Neal's kickoff return

Key Play: Everyone expected Ohio State to come out fired up and the Buckeyes wasted little time in getting things cranked up. Just four plays into the game, Ohio State's standout running back Chris "Beanie" Wells broke through the LSU defensive front and outran the Tiger secondary for a 65-yard touchdown run. The run was the longest in BCS Championship Game history. Ironically, Wells' gallop was one-yard longer than LSU's Justin Vincent's record 64-yard run on the first play from scrimmage in the 2003 title game against Oklahoma.

Ohio State 10, LSU 0

Drive: 5 Plays, 58 Yards, 2:55

Scoring Play: Ryan Pretorius 38 FG

Clock: 9:21

Drive Started: At Ohio State's 41 following a 62 yard Patrick Fisher punt

Key Play: After the Tigers went three and out in very weak fashion on their first offensive possession, the LSU defense again got exposed by the Buckeyes for another big gain. On first and 10 from the Ohio State 21, quarterback Todd Boeckman found a wide open Brandon Saine down the left sideline. Two LSU defenders got confused when Wells flared out into the flat and Saine slipped between them and into the open field. The pass and catch covered 44 yards to the Tigers' 15, but a penalty and defensive pressure by LSU forced an Ohio State field goal.

Ohio State 10, LSU 3

Drive: 14 Plays, 65 Yards, 6:51

Scoring Play: Colt David 32 FG

Clock: 2:21

Drive Started: At LSU's 20 following a touchback

Key Play: The Tigers finally begin showing signs of life after spotting the Buckeyes 10 points out of the gates. LSU converted three, third downs including a 10-yard pass to Early Doucet and a 20 yard Jacob Hester run up the gut of the nation's best defense. But drive stalled on the ninth play and LSU was forced to settle for a 32-yard, Colt David field goal.

2ND QUARTER

Ohio State 10, LSU 10

Drive: 7 Plays, 84 Yards, 2:07

Scoring Play: Matt Flynn 12 pass to Richard Dickson

PAT: Colt David kick

Clock: 13:00

Drive Started: At LSU's 16 following Chad Jones muffed punt return

Key Play: Tabbed the more disciplined team in the game, penalties began to plague the Buckeye defense on this LSU possession. On first and 10 from the Tigers' 30, Keiland Williams caught an option pitch from backup quarterback Ryan Perrilloux and rumbled 10 yards for a first down. As he ran out of bounds, Ohio State's Todd Denlinger hit Williams late drawing a 15-yard penalty. Two plays later, as Flynn read the Ohio State blitz perfectly, he hit Demetrius Byrd in stride over the middle for a gain for 20 yards. Buckeye linebacker James Laurinaitis was flagged half the distance to the goal for a personal foul facemask giving the Tigers possession at the Ohio State 13. LSU scored on the next play on the Flynn to Dickson touchdown pass.

LSU 17, Ohio State 10

Drive: 10 Plays, 66 Yards, 3:28

Scoring Play: Matt Flynn 10 pass to Brandon LaFell

PAT: Colt David kick

Clock: 7:25

Drive Started: At LSU's 34 following Rickey Jean-Francois' blocked field goal

Key Play: In what was truly the turning point of the game, Rickey Jean-Francois blocked a 38-yard Ryan Pretorius field goal attempt, which would have given the Buckeyes a 13-10 lead. Instead, the Tigers took over possession at the LSU 34 and 10 plays and 66 yards later, the Bayou Bengals took the lead for good on Flynn's 10-yard pass to LaFell.

LSU 24, Ohio State 10

Drive: 5 Plays, 24 Yards, 2:02

Scoring Play: Jacob Hester 1 run

PAT: Colt David kick

Clock: 4:16

Drive Started: At Ohio State's 24 following a Chevis Jackson interception return

Key Play: Craig Steltz left the game midway through the second quarter with a right shoulder stinger. He would not return. However, his replacement Harry Coleman produced what was likely the hit of the game. Coming on a delayed blitz as Ohio State faced third and 10 from the Buckeye 31, Coleman leveled Boeckman just as he released the ball. Downfield, Chevis Jackson got position on Brian Robiskie and came up with the interception and returned it to the Buckeyes' 24. After a slant pass to Demetrius Byrd for eight yards on first down, Flynn found Dickson on a crossing pass and the tight end was pushed out of bounds at the Ohio State one.

3RD QUARTER

LSU 31, Ohio State 10

Drive: 10 Plays, 80 Yards, 5:56

Scoring Play: Matt Flynn 4 pass to Early Doucet

PAT: Colt David kick

Clock: 9:04

Drive Started: At LSU's 20 after a touchback on the half's opening kickoff

Key Play: After winning the opening coin toss, the Tigers elected to go on defense to take advantage of getting the ball on the first possession of the first half. But it appeared LSU would lose out on that advantage when its opening drive of the third quarter stalled at the LSU 40. The Buckeyes came after Patrick Fisher's punt and came within an eyelash of blocking the kick. Fisher's offering traveled 60 yards in the air, but in the process OSU's Austin Spiller knocked the LSU punter to the ground resulting in a 15-yard penalty. The 15-yard penalty bug again bit the Buckeyes on the next play when Laurinaitis was tagged with a personal foul giving LSU possession at the Ohio State 29. Three plays later, Flynn hooked up with Doucet on a screen pass in the flat. The senior wideout made three men miss and he danced into the end zone for six.

LSU 31, Ohio State 17

Drive: 4 Plays, 11 Yards, 2:06

Scoring Play: Todd Boeckman 5 pass to Brian Robiskie

PAT: Ryan Pretorius kick

Clock: 1:38

Drive Started: At LSU's 11 following a Malcolm Jenkins interception of Flynn

Key Play: The Tigers made their first huge mistake of the game when Flynn tossed an interception in the left flat deep in LSU territory. Malcolm Jenkins returned the interception to the Tigers' 11 as the Buckeyes desperately got the break they needed. It took four plays and over two minutes for Boeckman to get OSU into the end zone. But finally an uncharacteristic fourth down was converted for a touchdown when Boeckman hit Robiskie from four yards out cutting the LSU led to two touchdowns.

4TH QUARTER

LSU 38, Ohio State 17

Drive: 9 Plays, 53 Yards, 3:53

Scoring Play: Matt Flynn 5 pass to Richard Dickson

PAT: Colt David kick

Clock: 1:50

Drive Started: At LSU's 47 following Curtis Taylor's interception of Boeckman

Key Play: There were several significant plays in the game, but no other play sealed the fate of the Buckeyes more than Taylor's fourth quarter interception at the 5:43 mark. Ohio State had the ball near midfield when Boeckman was pressured into the throwing the ill-advised floater directly into the awaiting arms of Taylor. A deflated Ohio State defense trudged back onto the field as LSU marched toward the end zone like Tiger Woods down the 18th fairway at Augusta on a Sunday. Richard Murphy highlighted the nine play march with a 24-yard scamper to the Buckeye six. Two plays later, it was Flynn to Dickson for the second time in the game making it a 21-point game once more.

LSU 38, Ohio State 24

Drive: 4 Plays, 54 Yards, 0:37

Scoring Play: Todd Boeckman 15 pass to Brian Hartline

PAT: Ryan Pretorius kick

Clock: 1:13

Drive Started: At OSU's 46 following a 35-yard Ray Small kickoff return

Key Play: It proved to be an insignificant touchdown that merely altered the final score. But the Buckeyes did find the end zone one final time while LSU's sideline was buzzing with anticipation of hoisting the crystal football. Jai Eugene was flagged for pass interference, which pushed the Buckeyes to the LSU 15.

- Matt Deville


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