(ATLANTA) — Clemson kicked off the New Year just right. The Tigers topped LSU on Chandler Catanzaro’s 37-yard field goal as time expired on Monday night to give his team a 25-24 win over the No. 9 Tigers (10-3) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Tajh Boyd led the Tigers (11-2) down the field with 1:39 remaining with a 10-play drive to set up the game-winner by Catanzaro.
“You can’t win 12 until you win 11,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said on winning their 11th game of the season. “You can’t win a national championship until you learn how to win games like this.
“This was a landmark win.”
Boyd finished with 346 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Tigers’ wide out DeAndre Hopkins was responsible for both touchdowns and finished with 191 yards for the game.
“Tajh Boyd was phenomenal,” LSU coach Les Miles said. “I did not expect the heroic, if you will, efforts that he had.”
Clemson’s defense held LSU’s running game to just 99 yards in the game and shut down quarterback Zach Mettenberger who was 14 for 23 with 123 yards and a touchdown.
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