LSU does it in a dominant way
Thirteen days in a new decade, and LSU has reached a place it could not during the previous one: the top of the mountain of university football.
LSU won its fourth national title on Monday over Clemson, 42-25, in front of a local crowd at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Heisman’s winner, Joe Burrow, claimed to be the best college football player in recent times with another legendary performance (31 of 49, 463 aerial yards, 58 yards on the ground and six total touchdowns).
LSU’s defense stepped forward in the second half, and Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence never found a rhythm when he lost his first game in college, and Clemson fell for the first time in two seasons and saw that his winning streak of 29 games broke. LSU beat Clemson 628-394.
LSU felt that it was the best college football team throughout the season. The committee gave them the number 1 seed when entering the playoffs. They tried it on Monday night.
Coughing any hope
While Trevor Lawrence was trying to lose less than four minutes, any hope of a miraculous return of Clemson disappeared. Combining the play were the deep Grant Delpit, who forced the ball loose, and the first-year phenomenon Derek Stingley Jr., who recovered the ball. Lawrence and Clemson will lose for the first time in 29 games, and the party starts at the Big Easy.
That was an offensive pass interference call about Clemson, a huge decision that eliminated a long touchdown from Trevor Lawrence to Tee Higgins off the board. The play would at least have brought Clemson back in 10 and there is a lot of time left. Instead, Clemson received a 15-yard penalty and was forced to clear.
The Pac-12 team of officers was going to be criticized one way or another tonight.
In addition, Lawrence remains inaccurate and is not giving his talented receivers the best opportunity to make plays despite narrow coverage. LSU will recover ball 17 with 10 minutes remaining.
LSU on the edge of the title
This is officially the LSU ball game to lose. LSU finished a nine-play tour to open the last quarter in a 24-yard pass from Joe Burrow to Terrance Marshall Jr., his first touchdown shot of the game
With an advantage of 17 points and 12:08 remaining, LSU appears to be ready to capture its first national championship in almost 12 years. A record night for Burrow has the opportunity to become even more special with some LSU defense stops and football without errors on the stretch.
LSU fails the knockout shot
For a moment, it seemed that LSU had its great defensive game when Kristian Fulton intercepted Lawrence near the midfield. Instead, the referees ruled that Fulton had committed pass interference and Clemson received a first attempt.
LSU forced Clemson to clear three plays later, and before Clemson could blink, Burrow and Justin Jefferson connected in a 35-yard dump pass to Clemson’s territory. The lethality of the LSU offense can best be described with moves like that.
Burrow and Chase almost hooked for the third time to score, but they couldn’t connect, with Burrow’s shot toward Chase’s shoulder.
Cade York’s 45-yard field goal attempt went right, and Clemson was down 10 with just over 17 minutes left.
An LSU response, a loss for Clemson and a record for Burrow
Just when Clemson turned it into a single-score game, LSU found a way to give his defense a break.
LSU countered Clemson’s constant pressure by marking a screen to Ja’Marr Chase who traveled 43 yards in third and 11 to put LSU in the red zone. Linebacker James Skalski was ejected for aiming at the next play and LSU scored on the second touchdown reception of Thaddeus Moss’ game, which is equivalent to the number of scores he obtained during the season. Losing Skalski will certainly hurt Clemson’s front seven. But it is worth remembering that a call to objectives in favor of Clemson changed the momentum against Ohio State at the Fiesta Bowl.
It was Burrow’s 59th touchdown pass of the year, a new NCAA record. LSU now has four touchdowns on four trips to the red zone. LSU wears 35-25.
Clemson with a great response
That is exactly what the doctor ordered Clemson. One stop and one score. There is still work, as Clemson continues 28-25 after a touchdown when running Travis Etienne and the conversion of two points from Trevor Lawrence to Amari Rodgers.
All of that was created by a couple of penalties for LSU’s personal foul that helped Clemson’s handling. It is a great change from what it could have been, if Clemson’s defense had not acted together in the initial momentum of LSU outside of halftime. Instead of having a potential of 35-17, it is now a three-point contest with plenty of game remaining.
Important stretch for Clemson
Upon entering this game, Clemson is 46-1 since 2015 when he beat opponents between four minutes to halftime and the first four minutes to halftime.
LSU held the ball for almost every 3:38 end of the first half (while scoring a touchdown) and received the initial serve of the second half. Clemson will need a stop not only to keep him close, but also to keep him even in a key category for his team.
This game looks very different from the last time LSU played for the national championship; That game ended with a 21-0 loss to Alabama on January 9, 2012.
LSU has already set a record with the most yards in a national championship in the history of the school, with an entire half of football to play.
Besides that, according to ESPN statistics and information, LSU is the first team that has followed two digits but led by two digits at halftime since … LSU, which did so in 2008 against Ohio State (a game the Tigers won).
Directed at halftime
Joe Burrow can hurt you in many ways. As if Clemson wasn’t having enough time to fire the LSU quarterback, despite his passing rush that kept him moving throughout the game, Burrow got rid of a 29-yard scammer to put LSU inside. 10 just before halftime. On the next play, Burrow found Thaddeus Moss, LSU’s tight end and Randy Moss’s son, open in the end zone (Moss did a good job reading the defense and finding the weak spot in the area).
LSU now has 21 unanswered points (three consecutive TD units) in the second quarter for a 28-17 halftime lead. For the first time throughout the season, LSU was left with 10 points. They made the deficit evaporate and they are 30 minutes away from a national title.
Halfway through, Burrow already threw 270 yards and ran for 55 more in eight attempts.
LSU begins to find its rhythm
The crime of LSU is inevitable. Eventually, it catches everyone, even a defensive unit as boasted as Clemson’s.
The Tigers’ offense reached its seventh game unit, with catcher Justin Jefferson finally getting involved. It wasn’t without controversy, either. Edwards-Helaire broke a good run down the sideline, thanks to an ingenious turning movement, after a Burrow finish. But the repetition showed that his hand seemed to touch out of bounds. LSU quickly ran a play so Clemson could not challenge, and LSU scored two plays later in the second touchdown of Ja’Marr Chase’s game.
It just fit with a dime covered on the disk. With 5:19 until halftime, he has a touchdown on the ground and two pitching scores, with LSU leading 21-17.
Chase is open
Burrow found Chase for 16 yards on the first play of the drive before hitting him for another deep ball, this was not a touchdown but a play that went for 56 yards and put LSU at the door. Using his legs this time with an empty field, Burrow took advantage of the blow in a designed quarterback race and found the final zone to keep up with Clemson’s pace and cut his lead to three, 17-14.
Higgins hosts it
The trick worked this time for Clemson.
Open receiver Tee Higgins backed down and, helped by blocks from Lawrence and fellow receiver Justyn Ross, ran 36 yards for a touchdown. Higgins broke a couple of tackles and showed a rare physicality hitting LSU high school members to stay within limits and push the pylon.
Clemson only needed four plays to travel 96 yards and take a 17-7 lead with 10:38 until halftime.
You are a wizard, Potter!
The kicker of Clemson Potter B.T. Potter only had 12 of 20 field goals this year, but he had done both of his kicks from more than 50 yards away. Potter’s big foot broke through during the most important game of the season, as his 52-yard attempt made it 10-7 Clemson with 13:43 remaining in the second quarter.
There is Joe Burrow that the United States knew so well last year.
He was finally given a manageable field position, and was driven by Edwards-Helaire’s tough run at the start of the course, Burrow found catcher Ja’Marr Chase for a 52-yard deep ball in the right sideline to tie the game in 7-7.
Giving Burrow time in his pocket and a one-on-one clash outside with one of his electric receivers was a stark contrast to the way Venables and Clemson’s defense handled LSU for most of the first quarter.
Clemson attacks first
The third is the charm for Clemson. A questionable blind-sided blocking call erased part of a 42-yard gain on the first play of the drive, a game action ending in the seam to the previously suspended closed wing Braden Galloway.
Clemson kept rolling from there and scored four plays later in a touchdown by Lawrence, who remains a threat to his legs. He hastened to reach 107 yards, the best mark of his career, in 16 attempts against Ohio State in the semifinal of the PPC.
Clemson leads 7-0 with LSU still looking for his first initial down.
Lawrence threw a kiss for LSU fans waiting for him in the final zone.
More than six minutes and there are still no points in what was expected to be an offensive exit display.
Burrow looked evasive on his first play since the scrimmage, but an ineligible man in the field brought what would have been a great play, robbing us of a play worth highlighting from the beginning. Two finishes and a failed screen against Justin Jefferson forced LSU to clear from near his own goal line.
Zach Von Rosenberger, one of the oldest college football players with 29 years and former professional baseball player, kicked him near midfield. Clemson began his second possession in an excellent field position, 41 yards from the end zone, but failed to convert a 3rd and 5th and kicked again.
Punter Will Spiers had another quality boot, and the Clemson cover team knocked the ball down within 5. The Clemson cover team has been effective in the short field.
Burrow completed his first night pass on the next trip, but LSU had to clear. It seems that Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables, has prepared something that Burrow and the LSU offensive are struggling to diagnose through the first two series.
A first regular handling for the Tigers. A first attempt at deception was a loss, but two fragmented plays, including a long capture of Justyn Ross, took Clemson to LSU territory. LSU’s defense rose there, with dynamic safety Grant Delpit dropping Lawrence through a sack, which took them out of the field goal range. Upon entering the game, Clemson’s offensive line had delivered 21 catches in the last 22 games. Now the ball goes to Heisman winner Joe Burrow and the LSU offense within his own 10.
Clemson starts with the ball
The national anthem has been sung and the pregame festivities are over. LSU won the raffle and was postponed to the second half, to the delight of the pro-LSU crowd. Clemson will take the kickoff and start with the ball.
Warm welcome for President Trump
In his second appearance in a college football game, President Donald Trump received enthusiastic applause when he entered the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Trump and his wife, Melania, walked to near the center of the field with cheers of “U-S-A” echoing loud enough that they stopped momentarily and turned to the crowd before taking their place before the national anthem. Trump was previously in Atlanta for the Georgia-Alabama game two years ago.
This will be the second time Trump has seen LSU play, as he attended the LSU-Alabama game in Tuscaloosa earlier this season.
The press box pays tribute to Carley McCord
A seat in the Mercedes-Benz Superdone was reserved for Carley McCord, a Louisiana station that He died on December 28 in a plane crash in Lafayette, Louisiana. The plane carrying McCord was headed to Atlanta with passengers planning to attend the Peach Bowl between LSU and Oklahoma. Her husband, Steve Ensminger Jr., is the son of Tigers offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger.
Power Rangers, assemble
Among the former players who attended are the initial defensive line of the national Clemson title team last year. Christian Wilkins’ quartet, Dexter Lawrence, Austin Bryant, Clellin Ferrell met with ESPN’s Holly Rowe for a pre-match photo in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field. the He adopted the Power Rangers as the alter ego for his group during his time playing for the Tigers.