Yes, we all know you were right: the Tigers won. All jokes aside, coming into Monday night’s National Championship game, you had to wonder whether or not Clemson could stop LSU for four quarters. Much like how the Texans did to the Chiefs on Sunday, though to a lesser extent, it was the defending champs that took an early lead.
They scored the first touchdown, soon to be evened up, but they scored ten points after to help them ease out to a 17-7 lead. LSU, however, had other ideas for the evening, and it showed. In the span of ten game minutes in that quarter, Joe Burrow ran in for a touchdown and threw for two more to put LSU into a big 28-17 advantage. From there, it was an uphill climb for Clemson that proved to be too much. Travis Etienne’s three-yard scamper in the third quarter was their only points of the second half as LSU added 14 more points to the tally to win 42-25. All in all Burrow finished with 463 yards and five touchdown throws, helping him reach 60 total, eclipsing the previous record. The Heisman winner was certainly the ‘MVP,’ and he helped hand Ed Orgeron and the school a fourth title win in school history. Even with the defeat, Clemson, who will keep quarterback Trevor Lawrence for at least another year, have opened as betting favorites for next season’s title.