It was yet another chapter in a recent string of LSU bowl failures.
Chandler Catanzaro booted a 37 yard field goal on the final play to cap a furious Clemson rally.
Despite six sacks and a night of offensive ineptitude, LSU led 24-22 with 2:43 to play. But, the Tigers couldn’t convert a first down to keep the clock running. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw a completion for 8 yards on first down, then a pair of incomplete passes.
Clemson then took over on its own 20 with 1:39 to play. The key play in the possession was a 26 yard Tahj Boyd to DeAndre Hopkins completion on fourth and 16 at the Clemson 14.
57 yards of LSU’s offense came on a 57 yard touchdown run by Jeremy Hill in the 3rd quarter that gave LSU a 21-13 lead.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called the victory, “a landmark win.”
Clemson won 11 games for the first time since the 1981 national championship season. LSU finished 10-3, a subpar record considering this was one of the most talented teams in school history.
LSU has now lost 3 of its last 4 bowl games. The Tigers were shutout by Alabama 21-0 in the January 2012 BCS championship game. LSU was defeated by Penn State in the January 2010 Capital One Bowl.