No. 9 LSU (10-3) and No. 14 Clemson (11-2) exchanged blows all night in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but in the end, it was the orange and white Tigers to capture victory 25-24 on a last-second field goal.
Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro put the ball through the uprights from 37 yards out as time expired to give his team the one-point win.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was named player of the game. He finished 36 of 50 with 346 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored a rushing TD. The Clemson defense was impressive, tallying six sacks in the game. LSU's defense racked up eight sacks. Clemson's offense outgained LSU's 437 to 208. Clemson had 32 first downs to LSU's nine.
Boyd pulled his team within two points on a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins with less than 3:00 left in the game. The two-point conversion failed. However, the Clemson defense stepped up and preventing LSU from getting a first down. Boyd then led the team down the field for the winning field goal.
The touchdown with minutes left in the game was the second time the pair hooked up for a score. In the second quarter, Boyd found Hopkins from 11 yards out. The PAT was blocked after that score. The dual-threat QB also ran for an 11-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Hopkins finished with 13 catches for 191 yards and those two touchdowns. The yardage was a Chick-fil-A Bowl record.
Running back Jeremy Hill took a handoff on the first play of scrimmage in the second half and went 57 yards to score, breaking LSU's true freshman touchdown record. It was his second TD of the game. His first was on an 11-yard run less than a minute into the contest. Hill finished with 124 yards on 12 carries and that pair of TDs.
Later in the first quarter, Mettenberger found wide receiver Jarvis Landry in the end zone for 6-yard touchdown pass. Mettenberger completed 14 passes on 23 attempts for 120 yards. He had one interception.
Hill's first touchdown was set up by a Clemson fumble. Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins lost the ball after getting drilled by Keke Mingo and Craig Loston scooped it up on the second play of the game.
LSU kicker Drew Alleman hit a 20-yard field goal in the third quarter. Catanzaro connected on a field goal from 26 yards out in the fourth quarter prior to the game winner.
The official attendance for the game was 68,027.
This was only the fourth time in Clemson history a team finished the season with 11 wins.
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