The LSU Tigers beat the Clemson Tigers 42-25 in the National Championship game behind the strong arm of Heisman winner Joe Burrow.
Coming into the game, Clemson was on a 29-game winning streak, the longest current winning streak in college football. Led by former Heisman Trevor Lawrence, who passed for 3,665 yards and 36 touchdowns, Clemson entered the game with championship experience.
LSU was led by Joe Burrow, who won the Heisman trophy before finishing with 5,671 passing yards and 60 passing touchdowns for the season: the college football record for most passing touchdowns in a season.
The game started with Clemson taking an early 17-7 second quarter lead. That’s when the Joe Burrow show took over. After a three-yard rushing touchdown, Burrow threw two touchdown passes, with one being to Thaddeus Moss, the son of hall-of-fame wide receiver Randy Moss. Moss finished with 36 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
At the half, LSU led 28-17, with momentum being swung in LSU’s favor.
Clemson would score a rushing touchdown at the start of the second half and the two-point conversion brought the game to 28-25, as close as Clemson would get to winning. They would not score again. The loss would be Lawrence’s first of his college career.
Burrow would throw two more touchdown passes, bringing his total to five touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown for the game. He also passed for 463 yards, completing 31-of-49 passes.
The win would give LSU their second undefeated season in school history and the fist national championship since 2007.
In addition, it also assured the Cincinnati Bengals of who their future quarterback should be, as they have the first overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. With Burrow being from Ohio, this may be a match made in heaven. The Bengals haven’t won a playoff game since 1988, when they lost in the Super Bowl. Their last playoff appearance was 2015.
Joe Burrow, welcome to Cincinnati.