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Joe Burrow’s Six Touchdowns Lift LSU Past Clemson to Become National Champions




Now that we know the ending to Joe Burrow’s storybook year, it is safe to say that the LSU quarterback just put together the greatest season in the history of College Football.

After setting countless single-season records, Burrow won the Heisman Trophy and led the LSU Tigers to a perfect record and the SEC Championship.

Still, none of that would have been complete if Burrow didn’t get the job done and win the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Yet that is exactly what he did Monday night, leading his team past the defending champion Clemson Tigers.

Any good champion does not go down without a fight and Clemson really made Burrow work to get this victory.

Early in the game, Clemson’s defense forced Burrow’s offense to punt on their first three drives.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence got his team on the board first, running for a touchdown on the goal line after a long 67-yard drive.

Clemson put together a great game plan to combat LSU’s passing attack, but with each passing drive, Burrow began to figure out how to attack the holes in their defense.

The biggest hole proved to be A.J. Terrell or anyone else on Clemson’s defense trying to cover Ja’Marr Chase downfield.

Chase proved to be the difference-maker that unlocked the Tigers offense, as Burrow continued to beat the blitz by finding his sophomore wideout on deep bombs.

By the end of the game, Chase had nine catches for 221 yards, including two touchdown grabs.

After LSU’s first touchdown, Clemson was able to score a touchdown and kick a field goal to actually take a 17-7 lead at one point in the second quarter.

It was actually the first time in LSU’s remarkable season that they were down by double-digits.

Yet Burrow continued to come alive, hitting Chase for another deep throw in that quarter, connecting on 56-yard completion that set up an eventual touchdown run for the quarterback.

Burrow went on to hit Chase for another touchdown pass in the second quarter to take the 21-17 lead. From that point on, LSU would not look back.

With just over three minutes remaining in the half, Clemson had LSU pinned on their own five-yard line and were hoping to get one last shot at taking the lead before the half.

Burrow went on to lead his team on a 11-play, 95-yard drive that took up nearly all of the remaining time left in the half. He capped off that drive by finding tight end Thaddeus Moss for a touchdown.

Clemson continued to fight in the second half, scoring a touchdown on their first possession and converting the two-point conversion to cut LSU’s lead to 28-25.

In the end though, LSU just had too much talent to be stopped, as their defense did not allow another point and Burrow continued to find the end zone.

Randy Moss’ son made the most of his five catches, as Thaddeus had 36 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

Finally Burrow delivered the closing dagger that clinched the National Championship, finding Terrance Marshall on a 24-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Burrow celebrated the touchdown by pointing to his ring finger, as he knew the job was done and the LSU Tigers were set to become National Champions.

In the last game of his now storied collegiate career, Burrow completed 31 of his 49 passes for 463 yards and five touchdown passes.

LSU not only finished off just the second 15-0 season in the history of college football, but they also beat the team that had the first one just last year. Ending Clemson’s nation-best 29-game winning streak.

Now Joe Burrow is off to the NFL, where he will undoubtedly be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

Luckily for Burrow, he will be returning to his home state of Ohio, as the Cincinnati Bengals have the first overall pick.

Meanwhile LSU gets to enjoy their second perfect season in school history and their fourth National Championship in the AP poll era.

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Superstar RB Travis Etienne Announces Return to Clemson for Senior Season




Coming into this season, many thought it was a foregone conclusion that Clemson running back Travis Etienne was going to enter the NFL after he became eligible this year.

Etienne has been one of the best running backs in the nation over his three years at Clemson, making him a surefire top pick in the NFL Draft.

So when Etienne posted a statement to Twitter, many assumed it would be to announce the end of his Clemson career.

Instead Etienne has decided to stay at Clemson for his senior season and try to win another national championship with the Tigers.

Etienne, 20, came to Clemson in 2017 and rushed for 766 yards and 13 touchdowns. Then as a sophomore, Etienne had a breakout season that saw him rush for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns.

This season, Etienne added another dimension to his game, becoming a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield for Trevor Lawrence. Etienne had 37 catches for 432 yards, while still rushing for 1,614 yards on the ground.

Many thought that Etienne would be considered the top running back prospect in the draft, as Pro Football Focus College had him ranked as the top back in the nation this year.

Now Etienne returns to Clemson, where he hopes to win his second championship in three years, but also risks a lot in that pursuit.

As high as his stock was, there really isn’t anything Etienne can do to raise his profile more heading into next year’s draft. He is also risking injury by playing another season in college before the guaranteed money in the NFL.

Hopefully Etienne has a healthy and productive year and can still hold that level of ranking when it is time to enter the 2021 NFL Draft next year.

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LSU Tight End Thaddeus Moss Declares for the 2020 NFL Draft




Randy Moss’ son, Thaddeus, hit the grand stage this year, as the tight end was a prominent piece in LSU’s explosive aerial attack.

Now the 21-year-old is following his Hall of Fame father’s footsteps and has declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Moss really stood out as the lights shined brightest, turning in his two best games in the College Football Playoff.

In the College Football Playoff Semifinals against Oklahoma, Moss set a career-high with 99 receiving yards on four catches.

Then in the College Football National Championship against Clemson, Moss had the first multi-touchdown game of his career, finding the end zone for two critical touchdown catches.

Moss was really just establishing himself this season, as his collegiate career got off to a really slow start. Moss began at NC State in 2016, but did not get much playing time.

He ultimately decided to transfer to LSU and was forced to sit out the 2017 season due to the transfer rules. Then in 2018, Moss missed the entire season due to the foot injury, allowing him to use a medical redshirt.

Finally this year, Moss played in 13 of LSU’s 15 games and caught 47 passes for 570 yards. He has shown the potential to not only be a great pass-catcher, but also being be a three-down tight end that can block too.

ESPN’s senior draft analyst Mel Kiper currently has Moss ranked as the No. 10 tight end prospect in the draft, but who knows how high he could climb the draft board with a solid performance at the combine.

Moss has the chance to be a really good player in the NFL and considering who his father is, he is likely to be a very popular as well.

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Seven LSU Underclassman Declare for the NFL Draft After Winning the National Championship




There is nothing better in sports than going out on top, as winning a championship is always the ultimate goal.

That phenomenon is made even better when you win a championship in college and can move on to the money and fame that comes with joining the professional ranks of the NFL.

The LSU Tigers just won the College Football Playoff National Championship, opening the door for many of their underclassman to move on and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.

LSU’s leading rusher, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, was the last of seven Tigers underclassman to declare for the draft on Wednesday and their is no telling if more are to come.

Edwarads-Helaire, 20, rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. The junior running back was also part of the Tigers potent passing attack, catching 55 passes for 453 yards.

LSU is also losing their leading pass-catcher, as Justin Jefferson led the team with 111 catches and is now turning pro.

Jefferson, 21, was second on the team behind sophomore Ja’Marr Chase in receiving yards and touchdowns, but still put up gaudy numbers in his own right.

By the end of the season, Jefferson racked up 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Along with their leading rusher and leading pass-catcher, LSU is going to have to replace their leading tackler as well.

Jacob Phillips led all LSU Tigers with his 113 tackles, including eight on Monday in the championship game.

Phillips is also joined by fellow inside linebacker Patrick Queen and Jim Thorpe Award winner Grant Delpit as fellow defensive players going to the NFL.

Delpit, 21, may be the highest-touted player of the bunch, as ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper has him ranked as the top safety on the board and a potential top-10 pick.

Offensive lineman Llyod Cushenberry III (center) and Saahdiq Charles (left tackle) round out LSU’s underclassmen draft class as it stands right now.

Overall, this is a ton of talent that is walking out the door for LSU, leaving a lot of work to be done for the Tigers to remain on top next year.

Still, that is a small price to pay for winning a national championship. Especially in the remarkable fashion that this team rose to this season.

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