NEW ORLEANS (WNCN) – LSU scored three unanswered touchdowns in the final 10 minutes of the first half on its way to a 42-25 win over Clemson in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship.
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow accounted for all three of those touchdowns — two in the air and one on the ground — as LSU turned a 10-point deficit into a 28-17 lead at halftime.
The win marks LSU’s fourth title in the AP Poll era. It finished the season 15-0.
Travis Etienne scampered in from three yards out early in the third quarter. Trevor Lawrence hit Amari Rodgers for a 2-point conversion as Clemson drew within a field goal, 28-25, with 10:49 left in the third.
Burrow and LSU struck back fast. His 4-yard pass to Thaddeus Moss restored the two-possession lead. Then, within the first three minutes of the fourth quarter, he tossed a 24-yard touchdown to Terrance Marshall Jr.
In all, Burrow was 31-of-49 passing for 463 yards and five touchdowns — including a 52-yard bomb that negated Clemson’s first score. He ran for a sixth touchdown.
LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire led all rushers with 16 carries for 110 yards. Ja’Marr Chase nabbed nine passes for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead receivers.
Lawrence was 18-of-37 for 234 yards. He ran for a touchdown in the loss.
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