No. 1 LSU will face off against No. 3 Clemson on Monday in New Orleans to decide college football's national champion.
Clemson got on the board first as Trevor Lawrence scampered for a one-yard run with 6:34 to go in the quarter. But LSU QB Joe Burrow shook off his offense's slow start, finding 2019 Biletnikoff Award winner Ja'Marr Chase for a 52-yard touchdown with 2:20 to go in the period to even things up at 7-7.
Clemson scored first in the second quarter behind Tee Higgins' 36-yard TD run on a WR reverse. But Burrow and the LSU offense would answer as the QB scampered for a three-yard score with 9:17 to go in the period to slash Clemson's lead to 17-14. Burrow would throw for two more touchdowns in the second, hitting Chase on a 14-yard TD with 5:19 until halftime and TE Thaddeus Moss for a six-yard score with 10 seconds to go in the half.
Clemson clawed back into their halftime deficit with just over four minutes into the second half as RB Travis Etienne scampered for a three-yard touchdown. Lawrence would hit WR Amari Rodgers on a two-point try to cut the deficit to just three. But the LSU Tigers would again answer with 5:13 to go in the period when Burrow hit Moss for Moss's second TD of the game, breaking college football's singe-season single-player touchdown record to stretch his team's lead back to 10.
LSU would go on to win 42-25, overcoming their first half deficit to win the program's fourth national title.
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LSU beat Oklahoma in a 63–28 blowout to reach the College Football Playoff national championship.
Joe Burrow went 29-for-39, throwing for 493 yards and a whopping seven touchdowns in the record-breaking performance. Burrow set a record for completion percentage over the season with a 77.9% mark, shattering the previous record set by Colt McCoy. The Heisman Trophy winner's throws weren't just dinks and dunks, either as his average yards per completion was 14.03 throughout the season.
Other players to watch for include Justin Jefferson, LSU's electric wideout, and Ja'Marr Chase, his counterpart at the wide receiver position.
Clemson will play in its fourth national championship game in the last five seasons. The Tigers beat No. 2 Ohio State 29–23 in a College Football Playoff semifinal nail-biter to reach the title game. The Tigers have reached the College Football Playoff for five straight seasons.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence has improbably improved from his stellar 2018 season, throwing for more yards and touchdowns with a higher completion percentage than he did on last season's title-winning squad.
Other Clemson players to watch out for include wide receiver Travis Etienne, linebacker Isaiah Simmons and Justyn Ross, who had 301 receiving yards and three touchdowns in Clemson's 44-16 win over Alabama in last year's National Championship.