ATLANTA — Justin Jefferson stared into the camera and raised four fingers.
He would've needed to use his toes to count the rest of his catches.
In Saturday's 63-28 semifinal win over Oklahoma, Jefferson made nine catches in a blistering first half that included a Peach Bowl-record four touchdown receptions, moving him past Josh Reed's LSU record for catches in a season that had stood for nearly two decades.
"To have this receiving corps and have Joe throwing it to us kind of makes our job easier," Jefferson said after the game. "All we have to do is catch the ball."
And that's exactly what the junior from Destrehan did, logging five more catches for a career-high 14 in the game and increasing his new LSU record to 102. In doing so he became the first LSU receiver in school history to cross the 100-catch mark.
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Jefferson trails only Alabama's Amari Cooper (124) and Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews (112) for most single-season catches in Southeastern Conference history with another game left to play.
LSU's offense turned to its backup skill players for much of the fourth quarter as it coasted to the end against Oklahoma, but his 227 yards still set a new high mark in the Peach Bowl's 50-year history, breaking the record that had been set by former Florida State receiver Travis Rudolph in 2015 — a mark that also doubled as the College Football Playoff record.
Jefferson's four touchdowns were also Peach Bowl, New Year's Six and College Football Playoff records, and they were also part of Burrow's record-setting day. LSU's Heisman-winning quarterback threw seven touchdown passes in a scorching first half (he finished with seven, the most in a single game in school history).
"When someones hot, why not keep going to them?" Jefferson said of his big game.
Burrow deflected any praise back on his receivers afterward for "bailing him out."
"I'm excited to get back to practice and tune those things up, but that's the kind of team we have," Burrow said. "If someone doesn't have their best game, we step up."
Jefferson's four touchdowns brought him into a tie with teammate Ja'Marr Chase with 18 this season, a mark that's tied for the most in a season in SEC history with Florida's Reidel Anthony.
Jefferson was approaching LSU's record for catches and yards in a game, held by Josh Reed at 19 and 283, and touchdowns in a game, set at six by Carlos Carson in 1977.
Jefferson is just two touchdowns shy of Dwayne Bowe's LSU career record (26). LSU's single-season record heading into the season was 12, which Bowe set in 2006.
But Jefferson, the younger brother of former LSU standouts Rickey and Jordan Jefferson, took the same road as his quarterback when it came to the only record the pair wanted to discuss.
"Jan. 13 is the record we're we're worried about," Burrow said, leading the moderator to look toward the receiver for his answer.
"Same," Jefferson said.