LSU Leads Clemson 28-17 After Entertaining Half

The College Football Playoff championship hasn't disappointed after a long layoff.

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January 13, 2020 - 10:32 pm
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The College Football Playoff championship hasn't disappointed after a long layoff.

Joe Burrow’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Thaddeus Moss, set up by the quarterback’s 29-yard, third down scramble, has given No. 1 LSU a 28-17 lead over No. 3 Clemson at halftime of Monday night’s title game.

After a slow start that saw LSU fail to cross its own 11 on its first two series, Burrow and Co. found their rhythm. LSU finished the second quarter with three unanswered touchdowns to erase a 10-point deficit that was its largest this season.

The Heisman Trophy winner is 16 of 28 for 270 yards with three TDs to go with 55 yards and a touchdown on eight rushes. Burrow enters the second half tied with ex-Hawaii QB Colt Brennan for the NCAA single-season record for TD passes in a season with 58.

Burrrow’s top target has been New Orleans native Ja’Marr Chase, who has six catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Two of his catches have gone for more than 50 yards.

Clemson scored first on Trevor Lawrence’s short TD run and went up 17-7 on receiver Tee Higgins’ 36-yard run on a reverse in second quarter.

LSU, which won the toss and elected to kick off, will receive the kickoff to start the second half.