LSU Tigers Take National Title
L.S.U. quarterback Joe Burrow holds the trophy as his team celebrates a national title with a win over Clemson. (Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
It was a fairy tale ending for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. After a slow start at Ohio State where he threw less than 40 passes in three years for the Buckeyes, the graduate transfer found a new football home in the Bayou.
He was so much liked that on Senior day he was allowed to wear his jersey with “Berreaux” on the back being adopted by everyone in the state.
This week he led the Tigers to their first National Championship since 2007. It was a convincing 42- 25 win over defending Champs Clemson.
He appeared to be the coolest of the cool. The Clemson defense pressured him periodically and he just shook it off.
The Walter Camp National Player of The Year completed 31 of 49 passes for 463 yards (CFP record) and 5 touchdowns, including a 56 yarder. He also ran for 58 yards on 14 carries.
It was the third straight game he has thrown at least 4 touchdowns. He also set a record with his season high 60th TD pass.
“He’s one of the greatest players in LSU History,” said Head coach Ed Orgeron. He’s on the soapbox for the state of Louisiana and LSU.”
This season LSU beat seven top ten team including Clemson on the way to a perfect 15-0 record. They average 46 points a game.
It was a team effort as the Clemson Defense had no answer for Burrow and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire who had 110 yards on 16 carries.
Ja’Marr Chase had a game high 9 catches for 221 yards and 2 TD’s. Clemson had only given up an average of 280 yards per game , but LSU racked up 628.
On the defensive side Patrick Queen and Jacob Phillips had 8 tackles apiece and Jacoby Stevens chipped in with five for a defense that held Clemson to 160 yards on the ground.
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence didn’t have one of his better games completing 18 of 37 completed for 234 yards. He suffered his first loss at the school. He was harassed by the defense all night long.
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney summed it up by simply saying, “It was LSU’s night.”