LSU Rolls to National Championship Behind Joe Burrow's Big Night
The last time the LSU Tigers played in a National Championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, their offense failed to cross the 50 yard line in a 21-0 loss to Alabama. On Monday night, the result was much different. The Tigers rolled to a 42-25 win over #3 Clemson and their 3rd national title in the past 20 years, behind a high-octaned offensive onslaught led by Heisman-winning quarterback Joe Burrow's big night.
In an environment that felt like a home game LSU looked to cap off a 15-0 perfect season. Clemson entered the game looking for its own history. Led by Sophomore Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, the Tigers were seeking their 3rd national title in 4 years and their 30th win in a row.
Early on it seemed like it would be another banner night for Clemson, as the Tigers jumped out to an early 17-7 lead. Facing their first double-digit deficit of the season, Burrow led LSU to 21 unanswered points heading into halftime and the Tigers never looked back en route to a championship. Burrow found his favorite target and Biletnikoff Award winner Ja'Marr Chase early and often to the tune of 9 catches for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns to take the lead.
Burrow out dueled Lawrence to the tune of 521 total yards and 6 total touchdowns to complete his historic Heisman campaign and give Lawrence his first loss as a collegiate starter. Burrow's 5 touchdown passes and 463 passing yards are both records for the most in a BCS or College Football Playoff National Championship game as are his 6 total touchdowns. He also became the first FBS quarterback to ever throw for 60 touchdowns in a season.
The 42-25 victory gives LSU its first title since 2007. Burrow's performance earned him the Offensive MVP award and linebacker Patrick Queen took home the defensive MVP. Coach Ed Orgeron proved that he was the perfect fit for the Tigers by delivering them yet another national title.