Until they met, the coach and the quarterback were only particles of matter in the universe of college football, moving around the map, looking for a place to stay, a place that would hug them and offer them the opportunity to pursue a dream that With each fall that passed it seemed farther and farther.
A phone call from Ed Orgeron, the Louisiana state coach a year after his tenure, to Joe Burrow, the transferred Ohio state graduate with 39 pass attempts in three years, began the cosmos. A dinner of crabs at Baton Rouge gave clues about the fate that two shooting stars were about to cross, becoming brighter as they approached.
Monday night, after more records fell, after LSU stormed past defending champion Clemson 42-25 in the bloodthirsty New Orleans Superdome to finish 15-0 and win their fourth national championship, Orgeron and It took Burrow a while to meet. Each was surrounded by a mass of cameras and anxious human energy, an electricity that created separate orbits that were slowly advancing towards a stage that was being set up on the 10-yard line closest to the Tigerland Gold Band.
To get to this elevated platform, where ESPN Rece Davis was waiting for him to greet him, Orgeron had to go home. Interestingly, he did not want to return to his mother’s gumbo made as he likes, with eggs, chicken and sausages. He wanted to stay in Los Angeles at the USC, but he was not given another option. In 2013, he returned with his family and started again.
Burrow’s rise to the top was in the other direction. The native of Athens, Ohio, had to leave his home to discover the greatness he had inside.
Of all places, Louisiana, a steamy and easily ridiculed loser of a state with less than 5 million residents, was the winner.
On that podium with the National College Football Playoff championship trophy shining in gold, just like his wife’s blazer, all Orgeron had to do was say the word “Louisiana” and the building silenced everything that came later. Save this:
“A team, a beat!” Orgeron shouted.
He then talked about his quarterback, who was not good enough to start with three Ohio State teams that didn’t win this trophy but went to LSU and won the Heisman Trophy and threw a 463-yard CFP record and five touchdown passes , breaking the Football Bowl subdivision record with 60 for the year. He also ran for a score.
“He is one of the best players in the history of LSU,” Orgeron said earlier. “It’s in a soap box for the state of Louisiana and LSU. We’re very grateful for Joe Burrow.”
Only after Burrow grabbed the microphone and spent his time in the spotlight thanking everyone, from the team chefs to the team staff: “It’s not just me and coach O, we’re all,” he said. Burrow and Orgeron met and hugged.
The world had marveled at his connection at the Heisman ceremony, where Burrow cried when he reached the part of his story where Orgeron got into his life, hitting energy drinks. Everyone could see them act once more on Monday night, and in the coming weeks, reflections on their magic will be made.
Is it LSU, which eliminated seven top 10 teams out of 15 wins, an FBS record, one of the best teams of all time?
“Not yet,” Burrow said of the reflections. “We’re still celebrating. Give us a couple of days.
Did Burrow have the best season for a quarterback in history? USC legend Matt Leinart said he thought he did it on his Twitter account, so that was something.
While Orgeron and Burrow can now share Louisiana as a home, Clemson would be happy to never come back.
Playing in his fourth fight for the national championship in five years, this game has become the home of the Tigers. You could play on the moon, and Clemson would come out the door acting as if he were the owner of the place.
But LSU forced quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Clemson’s number 1 scoring defense out of his comfort zone.
As the night progressed, it was definitely a road game for the Dabo Swinney Tigers.
“It was the night of LSU,” said the coach after seeing that the winning streak of his team’s 29 games broke.
It was Louisiana night, and it was just beginning. No one understood that more than Orgeron’s mother, Coco, a native of Larose, who speaks Cajun French fluently.
He watched his son celebrate in the field from a wheelchair, received congratulations at every step, and found her out of the locker room. He leaned down to kiss him before celebrating more with his now unlimited soccer program.
“I am very proud of you,” said Coco.
He wore socks with tiger stripes and a white sweater that said “GEAUX” in purple seams, and he was asked to summarize everything, this movement of destinies that would have been unimaginable before the coach and the quarterback decided to form a team. In the winter of 2018.
“Everything ended today,” he said, “all dreams and desires, and we have to start all over again for next year.” We have to keep wishing. “
Next year? Already?
“Well, you have to plan!” He said with a wink and a smile, knowing very well that there was no one who could have planned this.