NEW ORLEANS—It took the LSU offense more than a half to get it first first down. It didn't matter.
LSU's Tyrann Mathieu raced 62 yards with a Georgia punt and Kenny Hilliard scored three times in the third quarter as the top ranked Tigers routed Georgia 42-10 Saturday night in the SEC championship game in Atlanta.
Hilliard then scored on a 4 yard run and an 8 yard pass in the right flat from Jefferson as LSU led 28-10 after three quarters.
The SEC football championship was LSU's third in the 9 seasons. In 2003 and 2007, the Tigers then went on to win the BCS championship in New Orleans.
The Tigers won convincingly, despite having only 237 total yards and converting 1 of 9 on third down.
But, the LSU defense was outstanding. Georgia had 134 of its 296 yards in the first quarter. LSU had four quarterback sacks, a fumble recovery by Matthieu, and a 45 yard interception return by Morris Claiborne of an Aaron Murray pass in the fourth quarter.
LSU center PJ Lonergan, of Rummel high school, was happy to be playing for the BCS title in the Superdome. Said Lonergan, "I hate traveling, airports, and road trips."
After Saturday's dominating second half, LSU had played its last of 7 games away from TIger Stadium this season.