ATLANTA — There are two things all of college football has been powerless to stop Ja'Marr Chase from doing this season.
The first is scoring touchdowns, of which he has an LSU record-obliterating 18. The second is dancing in the opponent's end zone.
Chase said he and teammate Justin Jefferson intend to continue both traditions at the Peach Bowl on Saturday, looking into the camera to make a request of the referees.
"I hope they’re watching this: Refs, please let us off easy," Chase said Thursday at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta.
Chase and Jefferson had been trading off touchdowns and dance routines throughout LSU's 13-0 run to the College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma. But as their profiles rose, so did the attention to their post-score routines.
A week after he mentioned that he'd never been warned about dancing after a score, officials in the Tigers' win over Arkansas appeared on high-alert for any audacious celebrations. After Chase caught a 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter he dropped into a quick dance. An official quickly came running over, but Chase stopped and jogged off in the opposite direction before he arrived.
Something I didn't notice live: If you were wondering why the flag came in so fast on Justin Jefferson's TD dance as they were ... churning butter? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) November 24, 2019
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Watch Ja'Marr Chase's dance quickly end as ref ambles over. Guessing they got a warning before part 2 #LSU pic.twitter.com/cth0WnuZ94
Later in the game Jefferson scored a 12-yard touchdown of his own, going into a rendition of the "mop" dance alongside teammates Terrace Marshall and Clyde Edwards-Helaire. That celebration drew a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, costing LSU 15 yards on the ensuing kickoff.
The duo has had to be creative, given the scoring numbers they've put up throughout an LSU season that's reached new offensive heights each week. Chase, on his way to winning the Fred Biletnikoff Award given to college football's top pass-catcher, logged 1,498 yards and an average of 20.5 yards per catch to go along with his record touchdown total.
“We’re going to try to keep it going," Chase said, grinning. "We’re going to see what the refs say the first time."
As No. 1 LSU beat Ole Miss, wide receivers Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase scored five touchdowns. They also became the third teammates in Southeastern Conference history to each eclipse 1,000 yards receiving in a season. And they danced the whole time.
Jefferson has logged 14 touchdowns of his own, along with 1,207 yards on his 88 catches. They became the first LSU tandem to log more than 1,000 yards each since former Tigers stars Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry in 2013 -- and it took just 10 games to reach that mark. Both easily passed the previous record of touchdown catches in a single season, set by Dwayne Bowe with the 12 he logged in 2006.
"It's been unbelievable for us," Chase said. "Just having fun and competing."
Marshall is also on the verge of breaking that himself, now up to 10 touchdowns after his two-score effort in the SEC Championship.
Ja'Marr Chase once put a sticky note in the corner of his bathroom. It read "Biletnikoff Winner," reminding him of one of his goals. He wanted…
But Chase knows the dance move he's going to try to pull off, a salsa routine a la Victor Cruz, the former New York Giants wide receiver who dropped into the salsa after each of his NFL scores.
Chase took the routine for a spin after a score in practice earlier this week and says he's ready to go. All that's left to do is land his 19th receiving touchdown this season, which would break the SEC record for most in a season. And Chase also has a longshot plan to keep the penalty flags in the referees' pockets.
"We might just ask the refs to come dance with us."
ATLANTA — Clyde Edwards-Helaire wasn't present alongside his LSU teammates to answer questions about his injury status ahead of the Peach Bowl.