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LSU wins fourth National Championship, defeats Clemson in home state

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The (1) LSU Tigers capped off their historic season with a College Football Playoff National Championship. They were able to win it at home.

The Tigers defeated (3) Clemson Tigers, 42-25, on Monday night at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. LSU is the first top-seeded team in the College Football Playoff to win it all.

LSU Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow fades back for a pass during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers
Joe Burrow fades back for a pass during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

This is the school’s ninth combined National Championship. This is their first College Football Playoff National Championship.

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This is their fourth claimed National Championship. The other claimed National Championships were in 1958, 2003, and 2007.

This team will go down as the best team ever. They are the first team ever to defeat the Associated Press #1, #2, #3, and #4 ranked teams.

In addition, this LSU team defeated seven Top 10 teams, including four in the Top 5.

After being down 17-7, the Tigers, who reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, adjusted their defense. They stopped generational talent Trevor Lawrence — who is expected to be the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft — to just 234 yards.

The defense also held Clemson to 1-11 on third downs. And Clemson scored just eight more points over the rest of the game.

This loss snapped the Tigers 29-game win streak. This is Lawrence’s first loss in College Football.

Tigers quarterback Joe Burrow went 31 of 49 for 463 yards. He also had five touchdown passes.

Burrow had an historic season. He set the record for 60 passing touchdowns in a season and had the most touchdowns responsible for in a season.

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He also broke nearly all the school records, and had the most touchdowns responsible in a BCS/CFB National Championship game.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire had 16 carries for 110 yards. Ja’Marr Chase had nine receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns.

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Lawrence, the other Tigers quarterback, went 18 of 37 for 234 yards.

Travis Etienne had 15 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown. Justyn Ross had five receptions for 76 yards.

LSU outscored Clemson, 14-8, in the second half. Burrow hit Terrace Marshall Jr. for a 24-yard touchdown reception. Burrow also connected with Thaddeus Moss for a four-yard touchdown reception.

Clemson’s Etienne scored on a three-yard rushing touchdown. Following the score, Lawrence hit Amari Rodgers for a two-point conversion.

The Tigers led 28-17. Burrow hit Moss for a six-yard touchdown reception. Burrow connected with Chase for a 14-yard touchdown reception.

LSU Tigers wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase makes a catch 
LSU Tigers wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase makes a catch over A.J. Terrell for a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game
Ja’Marr Chase makes a catch over A.J. Terrell for a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

Burrow also scored on a three-yard rushing touchdown. Burrow hit Chase for a 52-yard touchdown reception.

Clemson’s Lawrence scored a one-yard rushing touchdown. Tee Higgins also scored a 36-yard rushing touchdown.

B.T. Potter also made a 52-yard field goal.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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