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.
The first college football game of the decade faces a team about to establish the next dynasty and the other in charge of completing an undefeated season in front of a local crowd with the winner of the Heisman Trophy on their bench.
The No. 3 Clemson (14-0), which goes for its thirtieth consecutive victory, and the No. 1 LSU, is ready to be a heavyweight battle in the line of Rocky Balboa v. Ivan Drago, as Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has been telling his team.
Heisman’s winner and alleged NFL draft pick Joe Burrow leads a prolific LSU offense that unleashed 63 points in the national semifinal game. Clemson has Trevor Lawrence, considered one of the best QB in the country, in the center: the second year student already has a national championship and has not lost in 29 university competitions.
Both quarterbacks have a great deal of talent to launch, with game creators across the field. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (LSU) and Travis Etienne (Clemson) are dynamic in fast attacks and passes.
Clemson has done this before. A victory would give them three championships in the last four years and crown them as undisputed kings of the sport. LSU will seek to dethrone them.
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