“College Football–Can You Top This”
Super stars and super performances. That’s what college football was all about Saturday night.
For the record, LSU and Clemson will meet in the National Championship game in two weeks.
What a weekend.
LSU just keeps on rolling as Heisman Trophy star Joe Burrow made play after play, and his Tigers just overwhelmed Oklahoma and its start QB-Jalen Hurts.
Burrow finished his night with (493Y) passing and 7 touchdowns, that’s right, seven scores against an Oklahoma Sooners team that was without its top pass rusher because of suspension.
Hurts couldn’t do it by himself, finishing with (221Y) passing but minimal amounts of rushing yards, in what turned out to be a really bad (63-28) beatdown
But Burrow was everywhere, in the pocket, moving the pocket, making all types of pinpoint throws and running when he had to.
Just asking Ed Ogeron why his quarterback was still playing in the 4th quarter when he was decked on an ugly facemark penalty tackle. LSU is good.
Clemson might be better. For the first time all year, they trailed, and trailed badly, down (16-0) to the best defense in college football, what Ohio State presented.
But QB Trevor Lawrence kept running the football on read-options, and then started throwing. Big plays, followed big plays, and next you knew, the Buckeyes lead had turned into a Buckeyes deficit.
OSU did rally back and actually take the lead late in the 4th quarter, but Lawrence took his team 94-yards for the go ahead touchdown, and then the Tigers defense picked off Justin Fields in th end zone with (:34) left to seal the win.
Lawrence the thrower, also became Lawrence the runner and Ohio State could not stop him, not when he threw for (259) in the air, then ran for (107) more on the ground. And his top back, Etienne, the (15009Y) runner, became Etienne the pass catcher (3R-1111Y).
It sent Ohio State home, and sends Clemson back to where it usually goes, in the championship game of college football.
It was a dazzling display of greatness as the country watched Joe Burrow continue his magical mystery tour final season. And the nation saw the heart and soul of Trevor Lawrence and the talent of riches that is the Clemson football roster.
In a topsy turvy fall of football, who could have imagined this championship might not contain legendary power Alabama, much less no Ohio State.
You might say, can you top this, but the fact it will be Ed Ogeron-vs-Dabo Swinney coaching the sidelines. The fact it’s Burrow-vs-Lawrence. Or Etienne-vs-LSU’s committee of running backs, anything is possible.
Can you top what we just saw? Probably, only because it is Clemson and it is LSU coming up in the title game.