The LSU Tigers are 15-0.
The Tigers defeated the Clemson Tigers on Monday night in New Orleans, capping off an undefeated season with a 42-25 victory in the College Football Playoff Championship Game.
Joe Burrow was his usually stellar self. Burrow threw five touchdowns to hit the 60 TD threshold, putting a cap on one of the best seasons ever for a quarterback in the game’s illustrious history. He threw for 463 yards and completed 31 of 49 passing attempts along the way. Not surprisingly, he tossed no interceptions, although Clemson certainly gave them fits at first.
Four of LSU’s first five drives resulted in punts, with the lone outlier being a TD pass to Ja’Marr Chase. But then the Tigers got it rolling. They scored on their next three possessions, as Burrow ran in a TD, threw another to Chase and threw another TD pass to Thaddeus Moss. Moss caught another touchdown pass halfway through the third quarter, and Terrace Marshall Jr. completed the scoring for LSU with a 24-yard touchdown reception with 12:08 to go in the fourth.
Clemson seemingly had a stranglehold on the game in the first quarter and a bit beyond. While three of their first four drives resulted in punts, they started the scoring with a Trevor Lawrence touchdown run from one yard out. B.T. Potter pushed them ahead 10-7 and then widened the gap with a Tee Higgins rushing touchdown from 36 yards out. But after Higgins scored, they would not score again until the 10:49 mark in the third when Travis Etienne scored to eventually make it a 28-25 game. But three points would be as close as Clemson would come the rest of the way.
Defensively, LSU played terrifically down the stretch. They kept the vaunted Tigers in check, and Derek Stingley Jr. stood out himself unsurprisingly. He played tight coverage all night long it seemed, as the star freshman is poised to only get better from here. So, he’s just getting started. Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen led the team in tackles with eight apiece, while Grant Delpit, Glen Logan and Queen at least a half a sack each.
This completes one of the best runs in CFB history. LSU has put together a stunning resume, and one that will stand the test of time. Geaux Tigers, and we hope you LSU fans are still in celebration mode today.