Clemson Beats LSU 25-24 in Chick-fil-A Bowl, Georgia Tech WinsMichael Buteau
Clemson University beat eighth-ranked Louisiana State University 25-24 in college football’s Chick-fil-A Bowl with a fourth-quarter comeback capped by Chandler Catanzaro’s 37-yard field goal as time expired.
Tajh Boyd passed for 339 yards and two touchdowns, and also rushed for a score as No. 14 Clemson outscored LSU 12-0 during the fourth quarter to erase a 24-13 deficit last night at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Georgia Tech beat the University of Southern California 21-7 in yesterday’s Sun Bowl, spoiling the Trojans’ postseason return after a two-year ban.
Also yesterday, Vanderbilt beat North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl as Jordan Rodgers threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. The University of Tulsa defeated Iowa State 31-17 in the Liberty Bowl behind three touchdown runs by Alex Singleton.
In Atlanta, Clemson (11-2) rallied to win for the second time in its past seven bowl games.
DeAndre Hopkins caught 13 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns, including a 12-yarder from Boyd with two minutes, 47 seconds remaining. The Tigers failed on the two-point conversion attempt, but got the ball back and drove 60 yards in 10 plays to set up Catanzaro’s winning kick.
“They fought for every patch of grass and they overcame a lot of adversity,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a televised interview. “I’m so proud of my football team.”
LSU, led by Jeremy Hill’s 125 rushing yards and two touchdowns, fell to 10-3.
Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington threw for a touchdown and ran for another score in El Paso, Texas, as the Yellow Jackets (7-7) ended a seven-game bowl losing streak.
“It’s great and I couldn’t be happier for them,” Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said in a televised interview. “The whole team really showed up to play.”
USC, which started the season ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll, lost five of its final six games to finish with a 7-6 record. The Trojans, who were without starting quarterback Matt Barkley because of a shoulder injury, were held to 107 passing yards, with freshman backup Max Wittek getting intercepted three times.
Georgia Tech was granted a waiver to play in a bowl game after finishing the regular season with a 6-7 record and rushed for 294 yards against USC. The Yellow Jackets, who had lost to Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, finished with just 75 passing yards on 10 attempts.
With the score tied 7-7 at halftime, Washington scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter to put Georgia Tech ahead for good. He added a 17-yard touchdown pass to Orwin Smith in the fourth quarter.
In Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt (9-4) took advantage of three interceptions and two fumbles by North Carolina State.
The Wolfpack (7-6) played the game under interim coach Dana Bible, who took over when Tom O’Brien was fired after a 7-5 regular season. Former Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren will be the coach next season.
In Memphis, Tulsa scored 24 straight points after falling behind 17-7 after one quarter.
Trey Watts ran for 149 of Tulsa’s 316 rushing yards as the Golden Hurricane improved to 11-3 on the season.
Iowa State had three turnovers against the Conference USA champions in falling to 6-7.