New Orleans, LA It was the season of a lifetime for LSU, and the Tigers capped it off in grand style, dethroning defending national champion Clemson, 42-25 in Monday's College Football Playoff National Title Game in New Orleans. The championship is the school's fourth overall and first perfect season since 1958.
LSU trailed Clemson 17-7 in the second quarter but rallied behind Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow's 463 yards passing and five touchdowns. Burrow threw for two scores and ran for another during a 21 point outburst in the second quarter that put the Tigers on top at halftime, 28-17.
Burrow finishes his season with an NCAA-record 60 touchdown passes. Wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase also shined bright on the national championship stage, hauling in nine passes for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns. LSU out gained Clemson 628-394 in total yards to finish the season 15-0.
LSU snaps Clemson's 29 game winning streak and denies the orange-clad Tigers their third national title in the last four seasons. The champion Tigers defeated seven opponents this year who were ranked in the top ten at the time of the matchup.