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Third down struggles spoil Clemons's national championship run

NEW ORLEANS – Clemson more than struggled on third down on Monday night as LSU rolled to a 42-25 victory at the Superdome in New Orleans to capture the national championship.

Clemson sputtered offensively down the stretch, totaling just 394 yards of offense. It finished the game 1-of-11 on third down conversions and LSU was 4-of-14, but the Bayou Bengals moved the chains when necessary to secure the win.

The LSU defense did an excellent job disguising coverage and forcing Clemson into difficult third-and-long situations. Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott credited the LSU defenses scheme for halting his team in his final game as the co-offensive coordinator.