Chris "Beanie" Wells got the Buckeyes off to a great start, breaking off a 65-yard touchdown run on the fourth play from scrimmage. Ohio State would tack on a field goal on its next possession to grab an early 10-0 lead at the Superdome in New Orleans.
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After a field goal cut into the Ohio State lead, LSU tied the game 10-10 thanks to tight end Richard Dickson (82), who celebrated his touchdown reception with receivers Brandon LaFell (1) and Demetrius Byrd.
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In what may have been the play of the game, LSU sophomore defensive end Ricky Jean-Francois blocked a field goal attempt by OSU's Ryan Pretorius to keep the game tied at 10. Jean-Francois went on to win Defensive MVP honors.
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Brandon LaFell's 10-yard TD reception from Matt Flynn puts LSU ahead 17-10, a lead the Tigers would never relinquish.
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Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis stopped Jacob Hester on this goal-line attempt, but the LSU tailback would find the end zone a few plays later to put the Tigers up 24-10 heading into halftime.
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Early Doucet (9) celebrates with Brandon LaFell after Doucet's touchdown grab gave the Tigers 31 unanswered points after falling behind 10-0 to start the game.
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Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and quarterback Todd Boeckman (17) had little answers for the LSU defense, which forced the Buckeyes into three turnovers on the evening.
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After Ohio State trimmed the lead to 31-17, LSU quarterback Matt Flynn responded with his fourth touchdown pass of the evening. Flynn would go on to be named Offensive MVP after completing 19-of-24 passes for 174 yards and four TDs.
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On an important 4th-and-7, LSU linebacker Ali Highsmith hit Boeckman, causing him to fumble. The Tigers would recover, putting the finishing touches on their win. Highsmith finished with two sacks.
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Final: LSU 38, Ohio State 24
LSU coach Les Miles acknowledges the crowd while holding the national championship trophy. The Tigers finished the season 12-2 and are the first two-loss team to be crowned national champions.
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