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LSU vs. Clemson takeaways: Joe Burrow, Ed Orgeron achieve perfection; Trevor Lawrence takes first college loss

NEW ORLEANS — No. 1 LSU defeated No. 3 Clemson 42-25 within the College Football Playoff championship on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Monday.

Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow placed on one other spectacular efficiency. He completed 31 of 49 passing for 463 yards and 5 touchdowns, including 58 speeding yards and one other rating. Ja’Marr Chase had 9 catches for a CFP championship-game report 221 yards and two touchdowns.

LSU (15-0) accomplished a exceptional season below coach Ed Orgeron. Clemson (14-1) noticed its 29-game win streak finish in its fourth look within the CFP title sport.

Here are the three largest takeaways from the championship sport.

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LSU’s first-half outburst made distinction

Clemson led 17-7 with 10:38 left within the first half earlier than Joe Burrow led a 21-Zero run to shut the half with massive performs in all phases.

Burrow scored on a 3-yard landing run then hit Ja’Marr Chase with a 14-yard landing cross. Chase had six catches for 162 yards within the first half alone, however the defining play got here on third-and-10 from the 35-yard-line with 21 seconds left within the second quarter.

On a third-and-10 after a timeout, Burrow took a quarterback draw up the center for a 29-yard achieve, and he hit Thaddeus Moss for a 6-yard landing on the subsequent play. Burrow had 270 passing yards and 55 yards by halftime, and that run allowed LSU to take a 28-17 lead into the locker room.

Burrow, nonetheless, was hit within the ribs James Skalski on the play. When requested after the sport what his thought course of was on returning, Burrow mentioned he had “no choice” however to come back again in and end the sport.

Trevor Lawrence did not win third down

Trevor Lawrence took his first loss as a starter, and Clemson noticed its 29-game win streak below coach Dabo Swinney finish.

Lawrence began sizzling. He was 7 of 11 for 130 yards and had 18 speeding yards within the first quarter. Lawrence, nonetheless, did not have the identical success on third down that propelled Clemson to a win within the 2019 CFP championship sport.

Lawrence completed simply 2 of 11 for 20 yards on third down, together with six overthrows, and took a sack on third down on the sport’s first possession. LSU discovered methods to restrict Clemson’s scoring possibilities in scoring territory, even when the sport was tight within the second half.

LSU has declare to biggest season ever

Clemson pushed again and reduce LSU’s result in 28-25 after the groups’ opening drives within the third quarter, nevertheless it could not cease the LSU offensive machine, which was crafted by offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger and passing sport coordinator Joe Brady.

Burrow, nonetheless, answered with landing cross to Thaddeus Moss. A 24-yard landing cross to Terrace Marshall with 12:08 remaining gave LSU a commanding 42-25 lead. That’s when “Callin’ Baton Rouge” cranked up on the loudspeakers and Burrow fired up the LSU band.

Burrow set data galore within the common season and College Football Playoff.

The Tigers gained seven video games towards top-10 opponents with a workforce that completed with 48.four factors per sport. That was sufficient to topple the defending nationwide champions and provides LSU its first nationwide championship since 2007.

Orgeron’s workforce defeated three energetic coaches with nationwide championships in Swinney, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher. LSU belongs within the biggest SEC workforce of all time dialogue, and maybe even the best workforce of all time.

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