NEW ORLEANS– Clemson coach Dabo Swinney might just hug Trevor Lawrence. The sophomore quarterback had actually fumbled with 3: 53 staying in Monday’s College Football Playoff national championship at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, sealing Clemson’s cumulative fate with the turnover.
No. 1 LSU had actually currently quashed No. 3 Clemson’s wish for successive championship games in a convincing 42-25 triumph.
Clemson’s 29- video game win streak is over. The Tigers (14 -1) lost out on a 3rd championship game through 5 straight Playoff looks. Lawrence, who was upstaged by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow, lost for the very first time in 26 beginners. What did Swinney state to his star signal-caller?
“I just told him to keep his head up,” Swinney stated after the video game. “I told him I loved him and that, hey, ‘Listen, you’ve got — this is a great opportunity to lead and to respond. You know, he’s had so much good. We all have.”
A year after leading Clemson to a 44-16 triumph versus Alabama in the CFP champion as a freshman, Lawrence resisted LSU (15 -0), completing 18 of 37 for 234 lawns and a hurrying goal. He didn’t toss any goals. Burrow beat that by completing 31 of 49 for 463 lawns and 5 passing ratings, plus a hurrying goal.
Now, Swinney and Lawrence will need to recover from that, and Sporting News is self-confidence they will. Clemson ranked No. 1 in our way-too-early top 25 for 2020 The Tigers will be the hands-on preferred to win the ACC for the 6th successive season, and Lawrence still has running back Lyn-J Dixon, receiver Justyn Ross and the inbound leading recruiting class in the nation.
Lawrence obtained the words of previous Texas quarterback Vince Young in summing up the loss.
“I think the worst thing is you don’t get to go back and play with this group,” he stated. “So for me that’s the worst thing, just those seniors, especially the guys up front, some of the wideouts. We’re going to be fine. We’ll be back.”
What that suggests will depend on Swinney and Lawrence, and it will be intriguing to see how this loss impacts the understanding of Clemson.
For Lawrence, the informing stat was his third-down tosses, where he completed 2 of 11 for 20 lawns. That’s a plain contrast to last season, when he completed 8 of 11 for 240 lawns and 2 ratings on 3rd down in a 44-16 triumph versus Alabama in the champion.
“I wasn’t accurate tonight,” Lawrence stated. “Didn’t put the ball where it needed to be, didn’t give my guys a chance enough, and it comes down to that really, giving them a chance, and I just didn’t do a good job of doing that.”
As an outcome, Lawrence might deal with a less-critical variation of what Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa felt this season. Tagovailoa won the CFP champion as a freshman and lost the title video game as a sophomore. He was anticipated to be the No. 1 choice in the 2020 NFL Draft prior to suffering a damaged hip (and the arrival of Burrow at LSU).
Lawrence is nearly ensured to be the No. 1 choice in the 2021 NFL Draft, however Burrow demonstrated how stories can alter this year.
What will the narrative be around Clemson? The understanding of playing a weak schedule in the ACC still exists, and Swinney was slammed for exaggerating the “underdog card” this season. Lawrence stated Clemson achieved 4 of 5 groups objectives, and the championship game was the only miss out on. He put a favorable spin on a group that has actually created 69 wins the last 5 seasons.
“I mean, we won 29 games in a row, and sooner or later you’re going to lose one. This certainly wasn’t the one we wanted to lose, but I know how we’ll respond. We’ll get back to work.”
Swinney likewise is relying on Lawrence to recover from that very first loss.
“He’s not going to lose many,” Swinney stated. “I’ll go ahead and tell you that right now. He ain’t going to lose many. He’s going to be a hard guy to beat forever because he’s special. And he had a tough night tonight. For whatever reason, he just didn’t have his best night.”
Luckily for Lawrence, he has lots of nights delegated identify his tradition at Clemson.