Tyrann Mathieu returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown and set up two other scores with a fumble recovery and another dazzling return, leading No. 1 LSU to a 42-10 rout of No. 12 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.
The Tigers (13-0) locked up a spot in the Jan. 9 BCS title game in New Orleans, a trip they might've gotten even with a loss to the Bulldogs (10-3).
But, after a dismal first half in which they managed only 12 yards and failed to pick up a first down, they outscored Georgia 35-0 over the final two quarters.
Mathieu, the fearless sophomore known as "Honey Badger," sparked the comeback from a 10-0 deficit with his punt return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.