The workforce with the longest successful streak within the nation couldn’t even cease Joe Burrow.
The LSU QB and 2019 Heisman winner accounted for six touchdowns as No. 1 LSU beat No. Three Clemson 42-25 in Monday evening’s nationwide championship recreation to cap an undefeated season.
Burrow threw for 463 yards as he set the single-season FBS report for landing passes and narrowly missed the report for greatest completion proportion in a season with a 31-of-49 passing effort. 5 of these completions went for TDs and he ran for an additional rating.
The fifth and ultimate passing TD was the dagger that despatched Clemson to its first loss since Jan. 1, 2018. Burrow hit Terrace Marshall Jr. for a 24-yard rating to place LSU (15-0) up three possessions with 12:08 to go.
Clemson (14-1) had a shot to tug inside 10 with simply over 10 minutes to go as Tee Higgins hauled in a deep cross from Trevor Lawrence for a TD. However like a lot of every part on Monday evening, the play didn’t go Clemson’s means as Higgins was referred to as for offensive cross interference.
The Tigers with the 29-game win streak ended up punting on that drive. And LSU’s win was all however official with 3:53 to go when Lawrence fumbled whereas working for a primary down.
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Burrow’s magical season
LSU’s offense wasn’t unstoppable all recreation. There have been instances — particularly at first of every half — the place Clemson confused Burrow and the Tigers and acquired sacks or compelled incompletions.
However similar to every of the 14 earlier opponents who encountered LSU and its no-look offense in 2019, Clemson couldn’t convey LSU to a halt.
That particularly utilized to WR Ja’Marr Chase. The sophomore received the Biletnikoff Award because the nation’s greatest receiver in 2019 and feasted on single protection in Clemson’s secondary. LSU motioned so much pre-play to get Chase remoted on defenders and Burrow did an distinctive job discovering him for large performs. Chase completed the sport with 9 catches for 221 yards and two touchdowns.
Burrow turns into the primary Heisman winner to steer his workforce to a Faculty Soccer Playoff title and the primary Heisman winner to win a nationwide championship since Florida State and Jameis Winston received in 2013.
Had Burrow accomplished three extra passes he would have set the FBS report for one of the best completion proportion in a season. As an alternative, at 402-of-527 passing for the whole season, Burrow finishes with a completion proportion of 76.2 p.c, simply shy of Colt McCoy’s report. McCoy had a completion proportion of 76.7 p.c in 2008 at Texas.
Crazily sufficient, the 63 p.c completion proportion Burrow posted on Monday evening was his worst of the season. He didn’t full fewer than 71 p.c of his passes in any of his earlier 14 begins this season.
Burrow additionally finishes the Faculty Soccer Playoff with a staggering 14 touchdowns in two video games after he threw for seven and ran for one towards Oklahoma within the Peach Bowl. These 14 are clearly a playoff report and a report that doesn’t appear to be it’ll be touched anytime quickly. He’s been insanely good this season. And he’s set to go No. 1 within the 2020 NFL draft.
Clemson struggled on third down
Regardless of the win streak and its standing as defending nationwide champions, Clemson entered the sport as an underdog. After each groups traded punts backwards and forwards to start out the sport, Clemson struck first for a 7-Zero lead when Lawrence scored from one yard out.
The early lead acquired to 17-7 after Higgins scored on a 36-yard reverse. At that time it appeared like Clemson was going to be the workforce whose offense asserted itself.
As an alternative, Burrow and LSU acquired cooking whereas Lawrence and Clemson couldn’t prolong drives. Clemson completed the sport a staggering 1-of-11 on third downs. The Tigers have been 10-of-15 on third downs of their annihilation of Alabama within the title recreation a yr in the past. And Clemson had by no means been worse than 6-of-14 on third downs in any of its three earlier Faculty Soccer Playoff Nationwide Championship Recreation appearances.
Clemson acquired inside three within the second half
Regardless of the shortage of success on third down, Clemson had an opportunity initially of the second half. Clemson’s protection had some success blitzing Burrow and compelled LSU to punt proper after halftime. Clemson acquired a brief subject in response and scored in six performs to chop LSU’s result in 28-25.
However that’s as shut as the sport ever acquired within the second half after security Nolan Turner dropped a possible pick-six on LSU’s ensuing possession. Whereas LSU was compelled to punt after the play, Clemson needed to punt too. After which Burrow discovered Thaddeus Moss for his 59th landing of the yr to push the result in two possessions.
Trevor Lawrence loses first recreation since highschool
Not solely did Clemson lose for the primary time in over two years, a workforce with Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence misplaced for the primary time since Nov. 17, 2017. That was the ultimate recreation of Lawrence’s profession at Cartersville Excessive Faculty (Georgia).
Lawrence has been broadly thought of among the finest NFL quarterback prospects in school soccer ever since he set foot on Clemson’s campus. And he’s been improbable for the Tigers with 66 passing touchdowns and simply 12 interceptions. However Monday evening was removed from his greatest recreation.
Lawrence was simply 18-of-37 passing for 234 yards. It’s the primary time he’s ever accomplished fewer than 50 p.c of his passes in a recreation at Clemson and simply the second time he hasn’t thrown for a landing with the Tigers.
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Nick Bromberg is a author for Yahoo Sports activities.
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