NEW ORLEANS – The No. 1 LSU completed one of the most impressive seasons in the history of college football on Monday night, returning from a first half deficit to defeat No. 3 Clemson in the 2020 National Football Playoff Championship Academic. The 42-25 victory for LSU was an appropriate final for Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, who finished one of the best individual seasons of all time by breaking even more records in the game that gave LSU his first national championship since the 2007 season.
Burrow finished the game with 463 yards in 31 of 49 passes, totaling six touchdowns (five passes) with no turnovers. He set new national title game records for air yards and touchdowns, broke the Deshaun Watson record for total yards in a championship game and broke the NCAA season record for touchdown passes in the process.
The victory is a great achievement for Ed Orgeron and the LSU coaching staff, especially offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and game coordinator Joe Brady, for the way they were able to transform not only the scheme of their offense but the mentality of the entire equipment. The aggressiveness that comes with an extended fast-paced attack was adopted on each side of the ball, and its implacability eventually became the defining quality of its dominance.
The LSU offense did not dominate throughout the game. In fact, a poor field position and strong early play by Clemson’s defense limited scoring opportunities from the start. Clemson had a 17-7 lead in the second quarter before Burrow finally started to warm up, but once he started shooting, there was no way to stop the best hand in college football. Burrow connected with Ja’Marr Chase wide receiver for 147 yards only in the first half, and the Biletnikoff Prize winner finished the game with nine catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns, which is a new CFP National Championship record for yards received
The factor “you can’t invent this” with LSU and this game was off the charts from the moment its place was blocked with its victory in the Peach Bowl 16 days ago. The Tigers were back in New Orleans in the same building where a 21-0 loss to Alabama in the kick of the BCS Championship Game began an eight-game losing streak against Crimson Tide. LSU had to go to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, to end that streak of disappointment, and now it has completely reversed the mojo of losing the title game with a high-flying victory that was just another ball day for the offensive. Number 1 of the nation.
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