LSU quarterback TJ Finley (11) returns to pass against Arkansas in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 21, 2020, in Fayetteville, Ark (AP Photo / Michael Woods)

LSU quarterback TJ Finley (11) returns to pass against Arkansas in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 21, 2020, in Fayetteville, Ark. (Photo AP / Michael Woods)

As LSU was behind Arkansas at the end of the fourth quarter, coach Ed Orgeron was reassured His players told him “we got this” during their winning practice, and in the midst of them, Orgeron felt the confidence of the most important player on the pitch, quarterback TJ Finley

Making his third start, Finley completed a touchdown in the closest game of his career on Saturday against Arkansas, setting the stage for a blocked basket as LSU won 27-24 inside Donald W Reynolds Razorback Stadium

As the winning game developed, Finley moved to his right He bounced back into the pocket, allowing time for his receivers to cross the end zone Finley redirected his vision He pumped once , saw Jaray Jenkins and threw a 13-yard touchdown

Including the final drive, Finley throws in crucial situations throughout the game, demonstrating an ability essential for any quarterback He made seven passes for third conversions He kept LSU’s offense on the pitch, a key part of the game plan And when LSU needed a touchdown to regain the lead, Finley delivered

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark A rain-soaked Ed Orgeron stared at him from the sideline, hands on his knees, knowing his defense was LSU’s last hope…

Last drive started in LSU territory The Tigers trailed 24-20 midway through the fourth quarter as their attack failed to score in the second half They had one, maybe two chances to regain the head

Finley provided a 15-yard pass in the first play He led LSU across the field, their progress aided by a targeting penalty Outside the red zone, Finley provided a perfect pass to runner Tyrion Davis-Price, only for referees to determine Davis-Price gave up potential touchdown They confirmed the appeal after review

Two plays later, third and 9, Finley found tight end Arik Gilbert for 16 yards, positioning LSU deep in the red zone After an intentional running penalty, Finley threw the approval touchdown Finley ran in the end zone to celebrate with his teammates

Before LSU played in Arkansas, Finley’s career consisted of two drastically different starts He shone in his debut, then had three turnovers in a loss to Auburn, forcing LSU to bench him in the second half. LSU has reopened the quarterback competition between Finley and freshman Max Johnson with red-shirted junior Myles Brennan possibly out for the season due to injury

Johnson missed a week of training because he went into coronavirus quarantine and Finley retained his starting position Orgeron said he wanted to play Johnson against Arkansas Instead, Finley never left the game

LSU’s game plan hinged on football management Offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger wanted to run on the early runs and create manageable third down conversions, especially because Arkansas played without six defensive linemen due to coronavirus concerns, SEC network says The plan, if executed, would give Finley short throws and the occasional deep pass

Unlike when LSU gained 32 yards in their last game against Auburn, the Tigers rushed for 148 yards They averaged 3 yards per carry, but the approach ran out of time, limiting Arkansasâ ?? ?? possessions Although Arkansas finished with more total yards and more yards per play, LSU held the ball for 41 minutes

– LSU had the ball the whole time, – Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said They were in control of the football gameâ € ”

Finley made enough throws to keep his drives alive He passed through the narrow windows and sailed into the pocket under pressure At the end of the first half he rolled to his right and threw across his body for a first try, helping LSU reach goal reach

As for the pair of targeting calls that led to ejections in LSU’s loss to Arkansas, Ed Orgeron’s assessment was straightforward…

Tigers might have scored more points if holding penalties didn’t nullify two long finishes in the second half LSU still went 12 for 23 on the third down Seven of the conversions came from Finley, who completed 64% of his passes (27 of 42) for 271 yards and two touchdowns He didn’t throw an interception

Orgeron said that after the game Finley needed to improve the key and diagnose defenses when games are developing rapidly, but by leading LSU to a winning practice Finley has proven he can perform in the final few minutes of the game. ‘a close match

– This gives us great confidence, â ???? linebacker Jabril Cox said â ?? Our belief in TJ is very strongâ ????

Ed Orgeron speaks after his LSU football team beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 27-24, coming in from behind in the 4th quarter and blocking a game…

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