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No. 1 LSU hammers Arkansas

LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire

BATON ROUGE – No. 1-ranked LSU scored 49-unanswered points and defeated Arkansas 56-20 on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium.

LSU, 11-0 for the third time in school history (1958, 2011), improved to 7-0 in SEC play and earned a berth in the Dec. 7 SEC Championship game against Georgia.

LSU senior quarterback Joe Burrow completed 23-of-28 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, including a 50-yarder to wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase on Burrow’s final play of the contest with 7:48 left in the third quarter.

Chase led the Tigers with six catches for 144 yards, while running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire had seven catches for 65 yards and ran only six times for 188 yards and three touchdowns.

Burrow, who has touchdown passes in 15-straight games, became the fourth SEC quarterback to surpass 4,000 passing yards in a season and moved to third in league history with 41 touchdown passes. Edwards-Helaire became the 14th Tiger to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Defensively, LSU had 11 tackles for loss including four by safety JaCoby Stevens, who had all three of LSU’s sacks. Linebacker Jacob Phillips led the Tigers with 12 tackles, as LSU played without safety Grant Deplit.