Amber Anderson | Staff Writer
Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers defeated the Clemson Tigers during the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship, finishing with a final score of 42-25. LSU finished with an undefeated record of 15-0.
The Tigers dominated Clemson throughout the game, Dabo Swinney, Clemson’s head coach gave them their props for playing like champions throughout the game.
“There offense this year was special and they did an amazing job. Again, they made some plays tonight that you just have to tip your hat to them, cause the ball was in the only place that their guy could catch it,” Swinney said during a press conference after the game.
LSU’s quarterback Joe Burrow ended his season perfectly, making six touchdowns during the national championship. This was such a historic season for Burrow, winning a national championship, winning the Heisman trophy and ending his final year with an undefeated season. Burrow is projected as the number one overall draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in April’s NFL Draft.
It was a disappointing loss for the Clemson Tigers, especially for their quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence even admitted to not being on his a-game during the national championship match-up, saying that some of his throws did not hit their mark.
“I think the worst thing is that you don’t get to go back and play with this group…but, were going to be fine, we’re going to be back,” Lawrence said during a press conference after the game.
Along with Lawrence, Clemson’s fans were also disappointed to see the team lose in the championship match-up, even a few Hampton students.
“I was upset to see them lose due to Trevor Lawrence’s win streak. It would’ve been cool to see him add a national title to his streak,” said Ian Oakley.
Stephen A. Smith was confident that Clemson was going to remain National Champions again. Many blame Lawrence for the loss but Smith doesn’t agree.
“I’m not saying he had a good game by any stretch because clearly, he didn’t, but I’m gon’ put some responsibility on the people around him and I’m gone put some responsibility on Coach Dabo…yes there were thirteen overthrows but, there were also a whole bunch of folks that were not getting open,” Smith said during ESPN’s First Take.
Even though this season didn’t end for Trevor Lawrence as expected, with him making a return next season Clemson will have a good chance for a comeback. This’ll be Lawrence’s junior year and he’ll be a prime candidate for the Heisman trophy.