Clemson vs LSU National Championship Live Updates

Zach Lentz

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The Buildup:

The Clemson Tigers will attempt to earn their second straight title and their third championship in four years on Monday, Jan. 13, when they face the LSU Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Kickoff at Mercedes-Benz Superdome is set for 8 p.m. ET.

Another Clemson championship would be Clemson's fourth football title in school history, joining the 1981, 2016 and 2018 squads.

Clemson enters the contest coming off of a thrilling semifinal performance in which the Tigers overcame a 16-0 first-half deficit to earn a 29-23 victory against No. 2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. The victory was Clemson's fifth-largest comeback in school history, the second-largest under Head Coach Dabo Swinney and its largest in postseason play.

Injury Update:

Starting defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney is not warming up with the team and already has his jersey on... it appears he will not play tonight.

Pregame:

Xavier Thomas is NOT starting tonights #NationalChampionship

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Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

BT Potter did great with more of a hurry-up style FG. Maybe he thinks too much if he has to wait.

Jeremy Styron
Jeremy Styron

Potter hasn't looked great this year - if the Tigers have a weak spot, that was it - but that was an impressive kick.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

This is what we all came for: #LSUvsCLEM punt off.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

After LSU's 4th punt of the night, Clemson will start at their own 4. Of note, the most punts LSU has had in a single game was 6 against Auburn

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Reverse to Higgins goes 36 yards for a TD and the Tigers have opened up a 17-7 lead

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

That was a statement play right there from the Tigers. Higgins fights through a big hit for the TD!

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Shades of Ohio State, as the Tigers need just four plays to go 96 yards

Jeremy Styron
Jeremy Styron

A gutsy TD run off the reverse by Higgins!

No. 51-92
Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

According to the esteemed Tim Bourret, that was Tee Higgins' first career carry.

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

Is Clemson ok with giving up big pass plays all game? Will they adjust?

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Burrow on the 3-yard TD run...17-14

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Rodgers is hurt after what looked like a targeting of a defenseless player

JP-Priester
JP-Priester

That throw kinda hung Amari out to dry

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Clemson drive stalls, after Spiers punt, LSU takes over at their own 13

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

ETN 9 carries for 66 yards. 7.3 yards per. Let's not ignore him on critical downs.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

Bad call on the Edwards-Helaire play. He was out of bounds. Hand was on the white. Surprised it wasn't reviewed.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

LSU has their first lead of the game...after Burrow finds Chase for the second time.

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

While Trevor Lawrence has thrown high in critical downs, Joe Burrow has put it right on the money.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

Does Venables let Terrell stay on Chase or is there going to be an adjustment? He's simply not winning battles against the LSU WR.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Ruling of a catch is overturned...Tigers will have second-and-10

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

Some of the worst 2nd down calls I've seen from Clemson right now.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Clemson is in the danger zone right now...LSU gets the ball to start the second half and has the ball with 3:38 in the half

JP-Priester
JP-Priester

Clemson cant give up points here before the half

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

If you are Joe Burrow, why would you waste time looking at anyone other than Chase. The reason I voted him No.1 on my Biletnikoff ballot is evident.

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

It seems like Joe Burrow can pick and choose who he wants to throw it to. While Clemson's receivers are covered tight every play.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Burrow to Moss...6 yards...LSU leads 28-17...Clemson is in danger.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

And for those saying, do you remember the 16-0 comeback against Ohio State, this game has a completely different feel than that one ever did.

Jeremy Styron
Jeremy Styron

Third-and-10 with 20 seconds left, and Burrow runs. Dude's got balls.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

We talked last week about how critical the middle 8 minutes of this game would be. LSU, which gets the ball to start the third quarter, is in position to dominate that crucial period.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

Swinney says at the half Clemson made too many "dumb plays" and had two bad offensive possessions.

JP-Priester
JP-Priester

Clemson's red zone defense has been stout all season and needed to be tonight. It hasn't been. AJ Terrell has gotten abused all night. Biggest takeaway, you are seeing what an elite offense can do when you can not pressure with the front 4

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Clemson gets a three-and-out...need points on this drive.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Etienne with the 3-yard touchdown on a penalty-aided drive, and a two-point conversion cut the lead to 28-25

JP-Priester
JP-Priester

Tigers get exactly what they needed to start 2nd half. Defensive stop, TD, and 2 pt conversion

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

Clemson coaches waste no time adjusting on defense and offense. Clemson takes away possession from LSU and drives down the field.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Momentum has shifted in the Superdome...not sure if it is true or not, but Burrow does not look comfortable, or like the QB that finished the first half

Morgan Thomas
Morgan Thomas

Momentum is very real. I asked a few players during media day if they could feel the shift against Ohio State. All of them said yes.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

Clemson won the middle 8 minutes 8-7. Huge

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Third and 11 and Clemson gives up a 43 yard screen pass

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Skalski is done after targeting is called...Huge blow to the defense.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Burrow to Moss, TD. LSU leads 34-25, pending XP and review

Jeremy Styron
Jeremy Styron

1-for-9 on third down. :/

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

LSU FG attempt is wide right, Clemson needs points on this drive

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Lawrence is getting happy feet...moving all over the place when he has a clean pocket.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

Trevor Lawrence is averaging 6.3 yards per pass attempt. Last one probably should've been caught but give credit to LSU's defense tonight.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

When a QB is struggling some, it doesn't hurt to let the running back work a little.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

LSU is playing games with Clemson right now.

Zach Lentz
Zach Lentz

Editor

Burrow to Marshall...24-yard TD pass...that may be all she wrote.

Brad Senkiw
Brad Senkiw

Editor

On its only TD in the third quarter, Clemson went 50 yards using five carries and just one pass. Etienne had four of those rushes. The following three drives, he's carried it once.

Jeremy Styron
Jeremy Styron

Clemson has had no answer for Burrow and the wide receivers when he has had time to throw the ball.


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