NEW ORLEANS — With 10:38 to play in the first half, Clemson had a 10-point lead. At halftime, they trailed 28-17.
Joe Burrow threw two touchdown passes and ran for another as the Bayou Bengals embarrassed Clemson’s defense in the second quarter with 269 total yards and three touchdowns as they scored 21 unanswered points to close the quarter.
Clemson did not give three touchdown passes to any quarterback all season and Burrow had three in the opening half. The Heisman Trophy winner completed 16-28 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns in the first half.