What Joe Burrow said after LSU beat Clemson in the national championship
Joe Burrow has ended his historic 2019 season as a national champion.
The LSU quarterback threw for a national championship record 5 touchdowns—ending with an FBS-record 60th for the season—and recorded his 4th 400-plus yard passing game of the season as LSU topped Clemson 42-25 on Monday in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Burrow finished the evening 31-for-49 for 463 yards while running for 58 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.
And he did it with his parents in the stands, as they have been all season long.
“This is an incredible moment for our program, for Baton Rouge and for Louisiana,” Burrow told ESPN’s Maria Taylor, still holding on to the football even with the game finishing moments earlier. “This is just so special. I’m kind of speechless.”
LSU started out a bit slow as it struggled with Clemson’s defense. But with Clemson leading 17-7, Burrow helped LSU score 21 points in the 2nd quarter to take a 28-17 lead at halftime, an advantage it would never relinquish.
“We never flinched,” he said. “We knew what we had. We had some tough breaks getting backed up inside the 5 a couple of times. (Clemson) had a really good plan early, and once we figured out what they were trying to do, our coaches put together a great game plan at halftime and we started to roll.”
Despite a big hit just before halftime that threatened to hinder his play in the 2nd half, Burrow stayed in the game.
“There was no other option,” he told Taylor. “This is the national championship. I wasn’t going to go sit on the sideline, that’s for sure.”