Vanderbilt started the first day of the SEC’s bowl season with a convincing win over NC State. LSU could not match the success of their SEC brethren earlier in the day.
Despite taking an absolute beating at the hands of LSU’s defense, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd delivered a remarkable performance to come back and upset the LSU Tigers.
Clemson star Sammy Watkins was knocked out of the game on the second play of the game on an inside run that also resulted in a Clemson turnover. Despite the loss early, Clemson moved the ball at will in the first half, but failed to secure the lead going into the half. The LSU defense buttoned up the Clemson offense in the 3rd quarter and was able to do enough on offense to widen the lead.
After Clemson came back and brought the game to within two, LSU had a chance to ice it with a couple minutes left. LSU ran three straight pass plays and had to punt leaving plenty of time on the clock for Clemson.
Tajh Boyd converted a 4th and 16 deep in Clemson’s territory and then drove down the field to get the Clemson field goal.
Clemson upsets LSU with a score of 25-24.
Certainly, the LSU offense never got in sync. Mettenberger played average. The play calling was questionable at a number of points during the game. Some of the criticism will likely be levied at Les Miles for this loss as it was after the loss to Alabama earlier in the year.
The LSU defense got completely worn down late as Clemson ran 100+ offensive plays with its high tempo offense. Late in the game, the LSU secondary could do nothing to stop Clemson’s Hopkins in what seemed like an unstoppable Boyd to Hopkins duo.
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