In a matchup of Tigers in the Football Bowl Subdivision national title game, the Tigers from Baton Rouge, LA, ultimately showed their stripes.
In the past, I’ve recapped college football national title games using GIFs. I would pick one sitcom and use GIFs only from that show. This time I’m going to use professional wrestling GIFS instead.
My thought process behind that is since the game was being played in the Superdome in New Orleans, beating LSU there would be like someone beating The Undertaker at WrestleMania. It isn’t an impossible task, but it’s incredibly difficult.
The game had the feel of a heavyweight boxing bout early. The teams were feeling each other out a bit. Clemson punted twice in LSU territory and pinned LSU inside its own 10-yard line. LSU’s offense did not look good early.
Things started moving a bit on Clemson’s third offensive drive of the game. Clemson marched 67 yards in five plays and scored on a 1-yard run from Travis Etienne.
Later in the first quarter, Joe Burrow threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase to tie things at 7-all. LSU woke up.
Clemson kicked a 52-yard field goal to regain the lead early in the second quarter. After an LSU punt, Clemson drove 96 yards in just four plays and scored on a 36-yard run. Clemson had the momentum and a 17-7 lead.
LSU responded like champions do and did not care that Clemson was the defending champion. LSU wanted the title to itself. LSU scored touchdowns on its next two possessions to take a 28-17 lead into halftime.
Clemson opened the second strong, forcing an LSU punt and then scoring a touchdown and two-point conversion to trim the LSU lead to 28-25. Clemson entered the game on a 29-game winning streak and didn’t want its streak broken.
Despite the heroics, acrobatics or grit that Clemson showed, it would not score the rest of the game. LSU took over.
LSU added touchdowns in the middle of the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter.
Clemson was clearly good enough to play with LSU, but LSU was just too dangerous on offense.
Clemson suffered the same fate as every other team that played LSU this season, a tombstone pile driver.
You don’t just waltz into Louisiana and beat LSU. Clemson learned the hard way and had to (metaphorically) rest in peace.
Thanks for another fun season college football. I look forward to watching you again next season.