Monday night down in the Mercedes Benz Superdome, the lights shined bright as two of the nation’s top programs squared off for the national championship. A tiger vs tiger matchup was set up to be an instant classic. Featuring the nation’s top offense versus the nation’s top defense, who would prevail, the immovable object or the unstoppable force?
What a night#GeauxTigers #NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/RCULglHGIw
— LSU (@LSU) January 14, 2020
LSU didn’t have to travel far for this one, a bus ride from campus made it a home game for the Tigers. Led by fan-favorite coach Ed Orgeron and Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, the Tigers offense was arguably the best of all time this season and Monday night was more of the same. Clemson, the defending champs fed off the underdog mindset all season. A win would give the program their third championship in 4 years and complete their second consecutive undefeated season as they came into this game 29-0 over the last 2 seasons.
Early in this matchup, the defense was the story, both teams failed to score on their first two drives. Tied at seven after the first quarter, Clemson rallied to put themselves ahead with ten unanswered points. LSU was not going down like that, LSU showed why they were the number one team in the nation. From that point in the second quarter, LSU outscored Clemson 35-8. A phenomenal performance from Joe Burrow capped off his great season. The future, first pick threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns in the contest. 221 of those yards came from one of the nation’s best receivers Ja’marr Chase who also caught two Touchdowns. LSU came out slow, but when they figured out the Clemson scheme there was no looking back. Clemson’s defense simply couldn’t stop Burrow. The offense we witnessed operates like a machine, making everything look smooth and precise. The Clemson offense was a different story, the team failed to consistently withstand scoring drives, especially in the second half. Trevor Lawrence looked out of sync all game, throwing for 234 yards while completing less than half his passes. His performance was not enough to win his second national championship in as many years.
Another angle of Joe Burrow’s boss moment … just because ? pic.twitter.com/G0Q6Y8Y3CE
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) January 14, 2020
The heavily anticipated matchup ended 42-25. LSU ends its historic season as undefeated National Champions. The team beat seven top-ten teams and the top 4 teams in the AP preseason poll. For LSU, this season will go down as arguably one of the best single seasons by a team and player in Joe Burrow we have ever seen. Burrow, Ohio native, finished his campaign with 5,671 yards and 60 passing touchdowns, both tops in the country. Clemson, on the other hand, will be back and Coach Dabo Swinney will promise that to his players and fans. The team brings back Trevor Lawrence for his Junior season, along with the number one recruiting class. Both programs are the gold standard of college football and will continue proving that in the season to come. In the words of Coach O, “Geaux Tigers”