CFP Recap: The Bayou Bengals Complete the Dream Season


Reece Marley, Staff Writer

The college football season wrapped up on Monday with the LSU Tigers taking down the defending national champions, the Clemson Tigers. The championship game was played on essentially LSU home turf in New Orleans, Louisiana, and officially wrapped up the 150th season in college football history. Joe Burrow, the star quarterback for LSU, was near perfection after a shaky start that included a couple of three and outs deep in his own territory. After that, he was nearly lights out and the Clemson defense could only slow him down so much.

Burrow completed 31/49 passes, threw for 463 yards, and finished with six total touchdowns. Ja’Marr Chase led the team with nine receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns. Clemson started out hot after getting two stops on defense and eventually capping off a long drive with a one-yard Trevor Lawrence touchdown run. Burrow brought his team back down and scored on a long touchdown pass to Chase. Clemson again would regain the lead early into the second quarter on a Tee Higgins touchdown run to go up 17-7. Burrow finished the half with three more touchdown passes to lead the LSU Tigers into the tunnel with a 28-17 halftime lead. Coming out of halftime, Clemson got a quick stop to force a punt and drove down the field to score to bring the game within three after a successful 2-point conversion attempt, the first ever in the College Football Playoff era. A dropped interception pass on the following drive killed Clemson’s momentum and the game started to feel like it was out of reach. Burrow would go on to throw two more touchdown passes in the second half. A questionable offensive pass interference call on a 42-yard touchdown catch by Higgins from Lawrence in the fourth quarter was the dagger for Clemson.

Burrow and the LSU Tigers came away on top 42-25, completing one of the greatest seasons in college football history by beating 7 AP top 10 teams. The Tigers from Baton Rouge completed the historical 15-0 dream season. Both teams will seek to be contenders next year, but nobody knows who the LSU quarterback will be. Clemson will bring back most of their starting 22, including Trevor Lawrence. Clemson looks to be in good shape to make it back to their sixth straight College Football Playoff.