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Though sting of losing hurts, Clemson still has plenty to celebrate

NEW ORLEANS — A locker room that is usually filled with smiling faces, music and lots of dancing, was quiet, somber and had players crying.

For the first time in more than two years, Clemson’s football team experienced what a loss felt, and unfortunately for Clemson, it came on the biggest of stages. The Tigers’ reign as college football’s national champion came to a sudden end Monday as LSU knocked off Clemson 42-25 behind six total touchdowns and 521 total yards from quarterback Joe Burrow.

“Obviously, it’s a disappointing night for us. It’s not the way we envisioned it going,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said afterward.