LSU responds, ties Clemson 7-7 in title game

Joe Burrow

Burrow and Chase hooked up for a 14-yard touchdown with 5:19 left in the second quarter and LSU fans erupted as their Tigers took the lead for the first time, 21-17.

LSU take on the side from SC in New Orleans to compete for the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy, with Clemson going into the game as reigning champions after beating Alabama in 2018.

In the National Championship game, we have the Clemson Tigers and the LSU Tigers. And Clemson had never been worse than 6-of-14 on third downs in any of its three previous College Football Playoff National Championship Game appearances.

But standing in their way is the top-seeded LSU Tigers, led by quarterback Joe Burrow.

He is number one National Football League draft pick for a reason: it took only seven games into LSU's season for Burrow to break the season-long touchdown record in the NCAA.

On this night, Lawrence (18 for 37 for 234 yards) was no match for Burrow - the Ohio State transfer who threw all of 16 TD passes last season with LSU. After ceremonially watching the game from one side during the first half, he made the trek across the field to watch the game from the other side for the next half. That was the final game of Lawrence's career at Cartersville High School (Georgia).

As usual, it'll likely come down to who makes the less mistakes like turnovers or some insane play on special teams where LSU has a huge advantage.

Ross is going to be a big part of the Clemson football offense as the Tigers look to attack that LSU secondary Monday night.

It was the second time this season that Mr.

LSU was up 28-25 and threw a first down pass over the middle to Justin Jefferson for a seven-yard gain. The penalty gave LSU first-and-goal from the 4-yard line, and Burrow found Thaddeus Moss for the touchdown. The top 10 is filled out by Alabama, Penn State and Minnesota. President Donald Trump is expected to be among those in attendance.

There were plenty of orange-wearing Clemson fans on the streets, hoping their team wins a second straight national championship. Clemson went 1 for 11 on third down - the worst third down percentage in Swinney's history as a coach - and was outgained 628-394 in the game.

Around 10:30 p.m. ET on Monday, ESPN cut from commercial back to coverage of the CFP National Championship.