LSU Silences Clemson in Tiger Bowl to Win National Championship

Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers safety Grant Delpit (7) kisses the national championship trophy after defeating the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers are the only predator in the feline family to have stripes. The dark shadows from the black lines contrasting with the orange fur of the tiger allows them to hide in the long grass, waiting to pounce on their prey. Other felines usually rely on cooperative hunting or other methods, but Tigers hunt in solidarity as they depend on their stripes to ambush prey. 

On Monday night, two tigers squared off during a nationally televised game to fight for the team who has the superior stripes. 

The Tigers of LSU dethroned the top tiger of College Football, the Clemson Tigers, who hadn’t lost in 742 days. This was Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s first loss since Nov. 17, 2017. 

Most would say that this undefeated run was of Cinderella proportions for the LSU Tigers. Having a fifth-year transfer quarterback in Joe Burrow, who is now a Heisman Trophy winner and national champion and soon to be No. 1 pick, gave them preseason odds of 200 to 1, but the Tigers’ quarterback took in all the pressure and molded one of the best seasons in the history of college football, capping it off with five touchdown passes and 463 yards and setting an FBS single-season record with 65 touchdowns. Burrow’s record-setting pass was a four-yard heave to Thaddeus Moss in the third quarter. 

Ed Orgeron told ESPN, “[Burrow] means the world to me. Greatest player in LSU history.” 

Coach O. and Burrow are cemented as Louisiana legends after completing one of the most impressive seasons in College Football history. Both player and coach are fitting to become Louisiana greats as Coach O. is from the Bayou and Burrow wears No. 9 for his idol, Drew Brees. On senior night, Burrow changed the name on his jersey to Burreaux.

The style of LSU’s offense was unlike anything anyone has ever seen. The system fit perfectly for the perfect quarterback to run the play-calls with deadly weapons around him in the receiving core. Seven out of 15 of their wins came against top-10 ranked opponents. That’s two more wins than any other team in the history of College Football. 

Clemson put up a fight. Trevor Lawrence and his Tigers were leading 17-7 until 5:19 left in the second quarter. This was the first time that LSU trailed by double-digits all season. 

Orgeron and the LSU’s coaching staff and players responded with composure and confidence as they finished the half leading 28-17 and never looked back.  

At the beginning of the third quarter, Clemson came within three points, being down 28-25, but LSU again responded with 14 unanswered points and ultimately a trophy. 

Clemson is not going anywhere. Already being ranked at the top of next year’s preseason polls, they’re recruiting and the entire team structure is held as the College Football golden standard. And Trevor Lawrence has one more year under his belt.

The Tiger Bowl is going to be talked about for years. 

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