Quarterback Joe Burrow for LSU threw five touchdown passes, ran for another score and finished off one of the most accomplished seasons in college football history by leading the top-ranked Tigers to a 42-25 victory against Clemson last night for the national championship. Burrow became the first major college quarterback to throw 60 touchdown passes in a season and LSU snapped defending national champion Clemson’s 29-game winning streak.
Clemson started the game off with a rushing touchdown from Trevor Lawrence in the first quarter. It was the first time the LSU had been trailing in a game in 78 days, according to The Advocate.
However, LSU nixed any kind of momentum Clemson had in the second quarter. LSU outscored Clemson, 21-10, in that frame and it gave them some momentum going into the second half.
Lawrence, who suffered the first loss of his collegiate career, was 18-for-37 with 234 passing yards and a rushing touchdown. It was the first time he finished without a touchdown pass since September 29, 2018, when he didn’t throw one in a win over Syracuse.
Travis Etienne and Tee Higgins both had rushing touchdowns as well. Etienne finished with 78 rushing yards and Higgins had 36 rushing yards.
No Clemson receiver was over 100 yards receiving.
Justyn Ross led the way with five catches for 76 yards. Braden Galloway, in his first game during the 2019 season, had two catches for 60 yards. Higgins finished with three catches for 52 yards.