All-Tigers championship: Clemson defeats Ohio State, will face LSU in national title
Defending champion Clemson will once again return to the College Football Playoff title game. The Tigers took down the Ohio State Buckeyes 29-23 in the Playoff semifinal from the Fiesta Bowl.
It was really a game of two halves. Ohio State seized control of the game early jumping out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter. Clemson scored 14 points in the second quarter, but OSU took the lead into halftime 16-14. The Tigers then scored to start the third quarter to lead 21-16; however, Ohio State scored early in the fourth quarter to grab the 23-21 lead. Then, Clemson marched down the field with two minutes remaining and scored the go-ahead and winning touchdown on a 34-yard pass to running back Travis Etienne.
Early in the game, Ohio State was clearly out-classing Clemson; however, credit the Tigers for marching back in the second half.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished with 16 carries for 107 yards. His previous career highs were 11 and 66 respectively. Lawrence also completed 18-of-33 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields finished 30-of-46 for 320 yards, one touchdown and two INTs. He wasn’t spectacular, but he was efficient. Fields threw one INT all season long, but he threw two against Clemson. Running back J.K. Dobbins recorded 18 carries for 174 yards and one touchdown, despite an ankle injury.
Earlier Saturday, the LSU Tigers destroyed Oklahoma 63-28 behind Joe Burrow’s eight total touchdowns — seven passing. Four of those touchdowns were thrown to Justin Jefferson. All total, LSU set 10 offensive records against Oklahoma.
The national championship game is set for January 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will be played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.