Updated January 21, 4:29 PM CT
LSU wins its 4th National Championship Game
Crown em'! LSU wins the National Championship
Burrow throws for 5 TD's, sets NCAA record
Louisiana State 42, Clemson 25
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, January 13, 2020
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
Head Official: Chris Coyte
LSU fufilled its destiny by dethroning the defending national champs to complete one of the most dominant seasons in college football history.
Joe Burrow capped his record-shattering season by passing for five touchdowns and running for one to lead No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory over No. 3 Clemson in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday night in New Orleans.
Burrow, who won the Heisman Trophy, completed 31 of 49 passes for 463 yards and rushed 14 times for 58 yards. He finished the season with NCAA records of 60 touchdown passes and 65 touchdowns accounted for, breaking the marks of 58 and 63, set by Hawaii's Colt Brennan in 2006. Now, check this out: From 2015 to 2018, LSU quarterbacks threw 58 touchdown passes in 50 games.👀
"He's one of the greatest players in LSU history," LSU coach Ed Orgeron said of Burrow, who was selected the game's Offensive MVP. "He has done so much for the state of Louisiana and LSU. We are so grateful to Joe Burrow."
Consider the following about Joe Burrow:
- May 28, 2014: Commits to Ohio State before the senior high school season.
- December 3, 2014: Gets named Ohio's Mr. Football, as the best player in the state.
- 2015-17 Redshirts at Ohio State, sits behind QB J.T. Barrett
- April 14, 2018: Battles with Dwayne Haskins in the spring game for the QB spot.
- May 8, 2018: Ohio State announces Burrow will transfer.
- May 18, 2018: Burrow transfers to LSU.
- December 14, 2019: After leading LSU to an undefeated season, Burrow, a 200-1 longshot, wins the Heisman trophy by a record-breaking margin, receiving over 90% of the first-place votes.
- December 28, 2019: Burrow leads LSU to the title game. Ohio State falls one game short.
- Jan. 13, 2020: Joe Burrow and LSU win the national title.
- Burrow joins Jameis Winston and Cam Newton as the only No. 1 picks since the AFL/NFL merger to win the Heisman Trophy and the CFB National Championship.
LSU completed the first 15-0 season in school history in its first trip to the CFP, which was in its sixth year. The Bayou Bengals won their fourth national championship and first since 2007.
"This is what I have wanted to do since the time I was 5 years old, is to hoist this trophy," Burrow said. "We weren't going to let someone come in here and steal this from us in our home state."
Defending national champion Clemson, which had won two of the last three national titles, finished 14-1 after seeing its 29-game winning streak end.
"It sucks, but we have to look back at what we did," Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence said. "We did a lot of great things, and we've got a lot more in store. We have to enjoy all the things we accomplished. It was amazing to be a part of what we did."
Biletnikoff Award winner Ja'Marr Chase caught nine of Burrow's passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Chase broke O.J. Howard's record for most receiving yards in a National Championship Game in the CFP/BCS era. The LSU record for receiving yards in a bowl is 239 by Josh Reed in the 2002 Sugar Bowl vs Illinois.
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence lost for the first time in 26 games as a college starter. He completed 18 of 37 passes for 234 yards and more stunning, didn't throw for a touchdown, though he did run 1 yard for the game's first score.
LSU pressured Lawrence into multiple high throws and made key plays by holding Clemson to one third-down conversion in 11 tries.
"We just locked in," said LSU linebacker Patrick Queen, the game's Defensive MVP who had 2 1/2 tackles for loss among his eight stops. "We have been dialed in all season. We just wanted to come out and prove to everybody that we're nothing to play with."
LSU led 28-17 at halftime, but Travis Etienne's 3-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion pass from Lawrence to Amari Rodgers on Clemson's first possession of the third quarter cut the deficit to three points.
Burrow threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Thaddeus Moss to give LSU a 35-25 lead after three quarters, and he tossed a 24-yarder to Terrace Marshall Jr. with 12:08 left for the game's final margin. LSU outgained Clemson 628 yards to 394.
"I thought LSU played a beautiful game," said a reflective Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. "I thought their quarterback was tremendous. Their receivers, they made some incredible plays that were really well-covered, several of them. But they just made the play. That's what you have to do to win these [types] of games.
"Give them credit. They played a heck of a game and deserved to win the game. They were definitely the better team tonight."
After Lawrence's touchdown run midway through the first quarter, Burrow threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Chase to tie the score at the end of the first quarter.
Clemson's B.T. Potter made a 52-yard field goal, the longest in CFP finals history, and Tee Higgins ran 36 yards on a reverse for a touchdown that increased Clemson's lead to 17-7, marking LSU's biggest deficit of the season.
Burrow ran 3 yards for a touchdown and threw touchdown passes of 14 yards to Chase and 6 yards to Moss to give LSU an 11-point halftime lead.
"We got down, I think it was 17-7, we knew what we had," Burrow said. "We had some tough breaks, getting backed up inside the 5 a couple of times. They had a really good plan early. Once we figured out what they were trying to do, our coaches put together a great game plan at halftime, and we started to roll."
LSU wrapped up a season defeating seven top-10 teams. The Tigers scored 142 points in their final three games -- against No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference title game, No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl and then Clemson.
"Years of hard work, culminating in one moment with the best group of guys anybody could ask for," Burrow said. "We worked so hard for this."
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