The College Football Playoff championship game on Monday pits undefeated teams in LSU and Clemson and future NFL quarterbacks in Joe Burrow and Trevor Lawrence against one another.
Burrow, projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has tossed 55 touchdown passes this season. Lawrence, who still hasn’t lost a college game, has built on his championship run last year by throwing 36 touchdown passes to just eight picks.
The signal-callers are far from the only attraction in the NCAA title game, though.
Each team boasts first-round talent at running back: Clyde Edwards-Helaire leads LSU’s ground game, while Travis Etienne is the featured back for Clemson. A trio of 1,000-yard receivers will also be competing (Ja’Marr Chase, Justin Jefferson and Tee Higgins). Defensively, the rosters are loaded with soon-to-be pros as well.
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To reach the national championship game, LSU throttled Oklahoma 63-28 in the Peach Bowl. Clemson, meanwhile, beat Ohio State 29-23.
Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from LSU vs. Clemson in the 2020 College Football Playoff championship game. Follow along below.
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LSU vs. Clemson live updates, highlights from college football championship 2020
8:52 p.m.: Man, this Clemson defense looks good. LSU is about to punt for the third time in the first quarter.
8:45 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Clemson. Lawrence takes it in himself on an option run. This is the first time LSU has trailed in a game since late-October. 7-0, Clemson.
8:42 p.m.: Lawrence has Clemson moving. A 9-yard run puts Clemson at the opposing 31.
8:37 p.m.: And now the punt team for LSU is out again. We have a defensive battle so far.
8:33 p.m.: Clemson goes three-and-out. That possession lasted fewer than three minutes of real time.
8:30 p.m.: LSU goes backward on its first drive. It will punt from inside its own 5-yard line.
8:27 p.m.: Burrow completes a crazy pass after breaking several tackles behind the line, but an illegal man downfield penalty wipes the big play away.
8:24 p.m.: Clemson decides against a long field goal, electing to punt the ball deep.
8:22 p.m.: Lawrence goes down under pressure on third-and-8.
8:20 p.m.: Lawrence takes advantage of a free play with LSU drawn offside, finding Justyn Ross for 35 yards through the air.
8:19 p.m.: Clemson gets the ball first. We’re underway.
8:15 p.m.: First loss of the night goes to this cameraman.
8:05 p.m.: We’re inching close to kickoff. The quarterbacks are on the field getting warm.
7:59 p.m.: Kyler Murray, recently Oklahoma’s College Football Playoff quarterback, laments never reaching the title game.
Not winning a National Championship… that hurts the most. Always wanted to play in this game.
— Kyler Murray (@K1) January 14, 2020
7:35 p.m.: The stage is set.
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