Former LSU stars make big plays in ‘Battle of Ohio’

Former LSU stars make big plays in ‘Battle of Ohio’
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throws a 23-yard touchdown pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard) (Source: David Richard)

CLEVELAND (WAFB) - Three former LSU football players were all over the field for the Browns-Bengals matchup in Cleveland for the “Battle of Ohio.”

The Browns (1-1) defended their house with a 35-30 win over the Bengals (0-2).

Joe Burrow was 37-of-61 for 316 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran the ball seven times for 19 yards. His first NFL touchdown toss came on a 23-yard pass to tight end C.J. Uzomah in the second quarter. It came on a six-play, 57-yard drive to make it 14-10.

Burrow set a new NFL record for completions in a game by a rookie. He is also the first rookie since 1950 with more than 60 pass attempts and no interceptions in a game. His 61 pass attempts were the second-most by a rookie since 1970. Chris Weinke had 63 attempts for Carolina in 2001.

Burrow’s two other touchdown passes happened in the fourth quarter. The first was a four-yard dart to wide receiver Mike Thomas on a slant to cut the score to 28-23.

The second came on a 16-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off with a nine-yard toe-tap catch at the back of the end zone by wide receiver Tyler Boyd to make it 35-30.

Burrow was under significant pressure the entire game. He was sacked three times and fumbled twice. The Cleveland defense recorded seven quarterback hits but Burrow kept getting up and throwing passes. The Bengals converted four 4th downs. Watch Burrow’s news conference below.

For the Browns, two former LSU pass-catchers also made big plays.

Odell Beckham Jr. led the team in receiving with four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Beckham scored after hauling in a 43-yard bomb from Baker Mayfield in the second quarter. It was Beckham’s second touchdown reception of more than 40 yards as a Brown.

Jarvis Landry was the second-leading receiver with three catches for 46 yards.

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