RICHMOND- From the streets of Athens, Ohio to Ohio State and now LSU, the ride of Joe Burrow was a story that goes down in history.
The Heisman trophy winner tossed 5 TD’s to move to 60 on the season as 1)LSU took down defending champion 3) Clemson 42-25 in the national championship to give the Tigers of purple and gold their first national championship since the 2007 season.
LSU (15-0) is the first #1 seed in the College Football Playoff to win the National Championship but this ride goes well beyond this game.
The team defeated 7 teams from the early top 10 including 3 of the top 4 teams. Burrow’s mindset? No small awards, give me the ring and he flashed greatness.
“They (Clemson) had a great plan coming in, but this was a long time coming for LSU” Burrow said after the game.
Going into the game, the Tigers of orange, led by coach Dabo Swinney, rode a 29 game winning streak and were also coming off winning the national championship against Alabama the year before.
Clemson even got off to a very fast start with an early 17-7 lead courtesy of QB Trevor Lawrence and WR Tee Higgins. Burrow however, didn’t seem phased and continued to fight through.
After being down by 10, LSU, who had proven throughout the year that they were indeed an extremely talented team with a high resume, proceeded to outscore the great Brent Venables defense to the tune of 25-8.
Down 17-14, Burrow hit WR Ja’Marr Chase for a TD that demoralized Clemson’s AJ Terrell who looked like a form of Bradley Fletcher not covering Dez Bryant in 2014. Chase finished the game with 9 catches for over 200 yards.
“It sucks” Lawrence said following the loss. “The worst thing is that you don’t get to go back and play with this group and it is the worst, especially for the seniors”.
And right he was, this Clemson team returned a lot of talent from last year and this game just did not turn out in their favor.
Lawrence could not fully recover from being down by 10 and neither could RB Travis Etienne who played hard and even had a touchdown to help put Clemson in a position to come back as they were down 28-25.
Burrow on the other hand, refused to even think about losing and went off. He simply went to TE Thaddeus Moss (son of Randy Moss) to help bring the lead back to 10. Moss finished with 2 TD’s and it was wonderful to see Dad in the stands.
Up by 10, Burrow’s last major throw of the night went to WR Terrance Marshall who MOSSED the defensive back to grab the score and seal a historic win for LSU to put them up 42-25.
LSU’s defense was incredible all night being led by DE K’Lavon Chaisson who showed why he could be a high draft pick in April’s Draft. Other great performances included freshman Derrick Stingley.
The biggest impact had to be from LB Patrick Queen who played more like a King possessed with the crown.
Clemson’s defense? They were solid early on. But they got outplayed and losing LB Patrick Skalski to a penalty and ejection did little to help as they ran out of chances and eventually out of time.
Clemson had the #1 scoring defense and usually that title against the #1 scoring offense leads to a defensive win. But not in this game.
Burrow’s form of celebration? A victory cigar and even head coach Ed Orgeron had to tell his QB to take it easy after a magical and impressive season.
What will LSU be like next year when Burrow heads for the draft as does a lot of LSU’s star players? For Orgeron, he doesn’t want to think of that and instead he had a different idea.
“We’ll probably get a ham sandwich” Orgeron said.
Congratulations to LSU on their national championship and GEAUX TIGERS.