LSU wins the National championship by defeating previously undefeated Clemson


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Josh Ruck, Fall Editor

Two undefeated teams LSU and Clemson, Clemson had not lost in 29 games. They have been the most dominate team in college football the past 2-3 years and LSU beat them 42-25. 

Joe Burrow the LSU QB completed 31 of his 49 passes for 463 yards and 5 TD’s and he also ran for one, in total he accounted for 6 total touchdowns which is the most ever for a college football playoff title game. He continued his magical season, arguably the best season a QB has ever had in college football with a national championship. 


Trevor Lawrence the Clemson QB really underperformed he did not have a passing touchdown and completed only 18 of his 37 passes for 234 yards. Clemson’s two touchdowns came from RB Travis Etienne who on 15 rushes ran for 78 yards and a score. The other Clemson touchdown was WR Tee Higgins who ran the ball on one play for 36 yards and a score. 


LSU’s scores came from a variety of players WR Ja’Marr Chase who went off catching 9 passes for 221 yards and two scores. WR Terrace Marshall Jr. also had 3 catches for 46 yards and a score. TE Thaddeus Moss had 5 catches for only 36 yards but 2 scores. RB Clyde Edwards Helaire didn’t have a rushing touchdowns but still made an impact on the ground with 110 yards on 16 carries. 


The game started out with good defense  from both teams, but Clemson struck first with Trevor Lawrences rushing touchdown with 6 minutes left in the third quarter. LSU responded with a 52 yard touchdown form Burrow to Chase tying the game at 7.


 Clemons’s next possession would end in a 52 yard field goal, giving the Tigers a 10-7 lead. LSU would not score on their next drive giving the ball back to the Clemson and then proceed to give up a 36 yard TD run to Tee Higgins on a reverse run play. Clemson increased the lead to 17-7 on this play.


 The very next drive LSU responded with a big catch and run by Ja’Marr Chase. Which brought the tigers to about the three yard line, A couple plays later Joe burrow rushed for a touchdown to cut the Clemson lead to 17-14. LSU stopped Clemson not the next drive, and drove down the field again and scored on another Burrow to Chase touchdown pass which gave LSU its first lead of the game 21-17. 


LSU got the ball back with little time left in the half and with 21 seconds joe burrow took of getting to the 5 yard line with 14 seconds left. The very next play Burrow to moss touchdown to extend the LSU was to 28-17, with LSU getting the ball at half they had the chance to really make a comeback for Clemson difficult. 


LSU didn’t score and gave the ball back to Clemson. And Clemson went on to score on a 3 yard Touchdown run by Travis etienne. To cut the lsu down to 28-25. LSU’s next drive they went on to score again on touchdown catch form Burrow to Moss to extend the lead to 35-25. 


Clemson’s next drive they were stopped and LSU took over and attempted a 45 yard field goal and it was wide right. So the score remained at 35-25 LSU. LSU stopped Clemson again and got the ball back again and Joe Burrow threw another Touchdown pass but this time to Terrace Marshall Jr. Extending the lead to 42-25 with 11 minutes left in the 4th quarter. 


Clemson got the ball and Trever Lawrence threw a deep pass to Tee Higgins but it was ruled offensive pass interference so no touchdown. LSU got the ball back and ran out the clock Clemson retained possession but a fumble by Lawrence pretty much sealed the game for LSU with only 3 mins left and LSU up big. They ran out the clock and won their first national championship since 2007. If you didn’t watch the game i would recommend watching the highlights.