The Louisiana Tigers (15-0) have defeated the reigning champions Clemson Tigers (14-1), 42-25 in the finals of the College Football Playoffs. Joe Burrow once again showed why many believe he is one-in-a-million talent, posting a tremendous performance that will be remembered for a long time.
The future No.1 pick and a Heisman Trophy winner threw five TD passes and also rushed for one. It is the most for one CFP title game, along with his 463 yards through the air.
“We weren’t going to let someone come in here and steal this from us in our home state,” he said, following the game, referring to the fact that the finals took place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
After a slow opening period in which LSU couldn’t find it’s usual rhythm and a poor opening of the second once Ed Orgeron’s boys trailed 10 points, came a stunning storm of the new champs, ignited with Burrow’s three-yard run.
“We had some bad field position in the beginning, but we started clicking on offense,” LSU coach Orgeron said. “We figured out what they were going to do.”
In less than 10 minutes, LSU scored three touchdowns and from trailing 17-17, went to 28-17 for them. However, the champs from Clemson weren’t in the mood to go down without a fight. Travis Etienne rushed for three-yards to cut down the deficit, and Trevor Lawrence found Amari Rodgers on a two-point conversion setting the result at 28-25.
However, with two more TD passes until the end, Burrow sealed this historic win for Louisiana. His first target was Thaddeus Moss with 5:13 to go in the third and after him Terrace Marshall Jr. just 2:52 inside the final period.
Burrow completed 31 of his 49 passes, and also carried the ball 14 times for 58 yards. Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed for 110 yards. Ja’Marr Chase had nine catches for 221 yards, which is the most in one CFP championship game. He also had two touchdowns, the same as Moss. However, Randy Moss’ son had just 36 yards, and we can say that his effectiveness was more than superb in this one.
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On the other side, Lawrence had 234 yards, 18 for 37, not being able to deliver a TD pass. He didn’t have an interception, but fumbled the ball once, and managed to carry the football into the end zone on one occasion. All three TDs Clemson posted were on the ground.
“It sucks,” Lawrence stated following the game. “The worst thing is that you don’t get to go back and play with this group, so for me that is the worst thing…We’re going to be fine, going to come back, but it just sucks not getting the finish we wanted to with those guys.”
The former champions had almost twice as fewer passing yards than LSU, 234-463, and were also slightly worse on the ground 160-165.
LSU became the first-ever school to defeat all the top-four teams in the preseason AP poll. And they didn’t just win, as the average margin in all those games recorded 21 points. It is safe to say that the Tigers dominated all the big rivals.
Many of the guys from this generation will find themselves very high at the upcoming NFL draft. The same applies to Clemson, who, despite this loss, has a marvelous team, filled with unreal talent.
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