It seems that there will be a Tiger Bowl in the CFP Finals, as both LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers advanced to the championship game.
Joe Burrow’s Magic
LSU’s quarterback Joe Burrow has tied the record for any of the bowl games with 7 touchdown passes. He was the absolute star of LSU’s 63-28 win over the Oklahoma Sooners. All of this TD tosses were in the first half, which is now the record of any bowl clash.
The Heisman Trophy winner had quite a night with 493 yards thrown, 29-of-39, and besides 7 TD passes, he also rushed for one. His No.1 Tiggers didn’t just win, but humiliated the Sooners. Everything was obvious after the first half in which Burrow and the guys led 49-14. It is fascinating to see that he had more TD passes in that part of the event than incompletions.
His favorite target was Justin Jefferson, who he hit on four occasions, allowing the WR to enter the history books. Jefferson’s four TDs in the first half were the most for any player in the CFP semifinals.
“We go into every game thinking nobody can stop us,” Burrow said.
Besides Jefferson, he threw passes to Terrace Marshall Jr. and Thaddeus Moss.
His coach Ed Orgeron decided to replace Burrow some nine and a half minutes before the end, preventing the fall of a few other records for sure. According to the analysts, Burrow’s performance is one of the all-time best when it comes to CFP, and Orgeron’s decision to sit him out probably stopped him from producing the absolute killer.
On the other side of the pitch was Jalen Hurts, the Heisman runner-up who was looking like an amateur compared to his rival. He didn’t have a single touchdown pass, posted 217 yards, and one interception for a QBR of 40.1. Hurts would add two rushing TDs, but that was not too much of a consolation for the No.4 Sooners.
Clemson Aims to Defend the Title
LSU will take the No.3 Clemson Tigers in the finals on January 13. The reigning champs defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in a very interesting match, 29-23. Clemson won this one after a massive comeback from a 16-point deficit midway through the second sequence. In those moments, Ohio had a 16-0 lead.
But all that was forgotten in the end. With 1:49 before the end, Trevor Lawrence threw a 34-yard pass to Travis Ettienne, and the Tigers WR scored a go-ahead TD, handing his team a 29-23 lead. It was Lawrence’s second TD toss of the night, along with 259 yards collected in 18 completions from 33 tries. However, that wasn’t the only contribution he made. Lawrence carried the football on 16 occasions for 107 yards and one score.
The Buckeyes had a chance to respond, and they’ve reached in a position to endanger the Tigers’ win. However, Justin Fields’ pass was picked off in the enzone by Nolan Turner, and Dabo Swinney could start celebrating another arrival to the finals.
Fields had 320 yards, 30-of-46, for one touchdown pass and two interceptions. JK Dobbins was leading the way for them with supers 174 rushing yards, and one TD, but he didn’t have any support. Although Buckeyes had more yards, Lawrence’s composure prevailed in the critical moments, as he managed to keep the football safe.
The CFP finals will take place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.