Victory and profound sadness: LSU advances to title game amidst tragedy

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The LSU Tigers are headed to the College Football National championship game, but will do so without one of their biggest fans.

The daughter-in-law of LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, TV reporter Carly McCord, was one of the five killed in a private plane crash Saturday morning in Lafayette.

The group was headed to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, where LSU routed Oklahoma 63-28.

Ensminger received congratulatory hugs after the game. He did not speak with reporters.

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McCord was married to Ensminger's son, Steve Jr. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said he told Ensminger of his daughter in-law's passing at approximately 12:30  pm, 3 and a half hours before kickoff.

LSU defensive tackle Breiden Fekeko spoke about the players' reaction to McCord's death.

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LSU will play in the January 13th College Football playoff championship game at the Superdome.

 

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