The Chick-Fil-A Bowl blessed America with another great game. Clemson overcame an eleven point fourth quarter deficit to beat LSU 25-24 on a 37 yard field goal with just three seconds left by Chandler Catanzaro.
The Tigers from South Carolina shot themselves in the foot the entire night, as turnovers led to LSU points. Clemson fumbled on the first play of the game, a play that put Sammy Watkins on the shelf for the entire night, as he injured his ankle and would not return.
LSU capitalized as Jeremy Hill went around right end for 17 yards and it was 7-0 LSU after the Drew Alleman PAT.
Clemson answered with an 11 play, 75 yard drive that culminated with a Tajh Boyd 11 yard touchdown run. It would remain tied at seven until the start of the second quarter when LSU finished off an eight play, 65 yard drive as Zac Mettenberger hit Jarvis Landry for a six yard touchdown.
The two teams would trade possessions until the 8:55 mark when Clemson would embark on an eight play, 70 yard drive that ended with a Boyd to DeAndre Hopkins 11 yard touchdown pass. Catanzaro’s extra point would be blocked and LSU took a 14-13 lead into halftime.
The third quarter didn’t quite start the way most Clemson fans wanted as Michael Ford took the kickoff and returned it 43 yards and on the next play, Jeremy Hill went 57 yards to the house and LSU took a 21-13 lead.
LSU would add a field goal with 4:49 left to take a 24-13 lead into the fourth quarter.
The game everyone wanted to see came alive in the fourth as Clemson mounted a furious rally. The Tigers went on a 13 play 63 yard drive but were only able to muster a Catanzaro 26 yard field goal.
After a three and out by LSU, Clemson mounted an 11 play, 77 yard drive as Tajh Boyd and the Tigers converted on three consecutive third downs and Boyd hit Hopkins for a 12 yard touchdown. The two point conversion failed and Clemson trailed 24-22 with 2:47 left.
Clemson pooched the kickoff and gave LSU great field position at their own 39 yard line. Les Miles rolled the dice and threw three straight times, allowing Clemson to keep all three timeouts.
Clemson took over at their own 20 yard line and Boyd led a drive where he connected with Hopkins on a 4th and 16 to keep the Tiger drive alive. Clemson set up for the field goal with three seconds and Catanzaro was good from 37 yards and gave Clemson and the Atlantic Coast Conference a huge win versus a quality SEC opponent.
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