LSU defeats Clemson for National Championship

Final Score: LSU 42 - Clemson 25

NEW ORLEANS (AP/WCSC) - No. 1 LSU won its fourth national championship Monday, ending No. 3 Clemson’s 29-game winning streak with a 42-25 victory in the title game.

LSU had already scored more points against Clemson than any other team this season before Burrow hit Terrace Marshall Jr. with a 24-yard TD pass.

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow passes under pressure from Clemson linebacker James Skalski during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow passes under pressure from Clemson linebacker James Skalski during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (Source: Gerald Herbert)

Burrow is 29 of 45 passing for 442 yards and four touchdowns, giving him an NCAA record 60 in a season. Burrow also is LSU’s leading rusher with 60 yards and a TD on 13 rushes.

Chase has nine catches for 221 yards and two TDs, while Thaddeus Moss also has two TD catches.

Trevor Lawrence entered the fourth quarter 16 of 32 for 201 yards and no touchdowns, but rushed for the opening score of the game.

Earlier in the game, Clemson’s leading tackler James Skalski, was ejected for targeting after his hit on LSU receiver Justin Jefferson. The linebacker’s personal foul set up LSU on the Clemson 4.

Clemson had cut LSU’s 11-point halftime lead to 28-25 earlier in the third quarter on Louisiana native Travis Etienne’s 3-yard run, followed by Trevor Lawrence’s pass to Amari Rodgers

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence scores against LSU during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence scores against LSU during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday in New Orleans. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (Source: David J. Phillip)

Clemson was on the scoreboard first, but was holding on to a three-point lead over LSU with eight minutes left in the first half.

Both sets of Tigers were 14-0 going into Monday night’s game, seeking to cap a perfect season.

It’s practically a home game for LSU. Its campus is just 90 minutes away and purple-and-gold clad supporters could be found all around New Orleans.

There were plenty of orange-wearing Clemson fans on the streets, hoping their team wins a second straight national championship. A second-story veranda near Jackson Square boasted Clemson flags from its 2016 and 2018 national titles, along with an inflatable Tiger figure.

Clemson was after its third crown in four seasons and its 30th straight victory.

LSU was seeking its first national championship since 2007 and first in the CFP era.

Crowd applauds, chants as president, first lady arrive

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand for the national anthem before the beginning of the College Football Playoff National Championship game between LSU and Clemson, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump stand for the national anthem before the beginning of the College Football Playoff National Championship game between LSU and Clemson, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) (Source: Evan Vucci)

Earlier, thunderous applause and chants of “Four More Years” welcomed President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump as they took the field at the New Orleans Superdome before the game.

The crowd also broke into chants of “USA, USA.”

The president and first lady walked onto the field Monday night for the singing of the national anthem.

Trump won a nearly 20-point victory in Louisiana in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump arrived at the domed stadium shortly before the game’s scheduled kickoff. He was accompanied by his wife, first lady Melania Trump and South Carolina U.S. senators Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott. Graham and Scott are Republican, like the president.

Trump predicted that it will be a “great game” as he departed the White House.

Trump is familiar with LSU. He took attended a November game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when the Tigers beat the Crimson Tide.

The president hosted many of Clemson’s players and coaches at the White House in January 2019 after the team won the 2018 national championship.

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