Clemson rallies to beat Ohio State, advances to national title showdown with LSU

After falling down 13-0 to start the game, the Clemson Tigers roared back in a big way Saturday night. Led once again by Trevor Lawrence — 366 total yards and three touchdowns — Clemson defeated Ohio State 29-23 and advanced to the College Football Playoff Championship Game.

For the fourth time in the last five seasons, Clemson will head to the national title game; this year, however, the Tigers will meet up against LSU and Heisman Trophy quarterback Joe Burrow.

That game will take place on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 — with an 8 p.m. kickoff from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Before that, though, out in Arizona, Clemson had to prevail in a wild seesaw battle with Ohio State. Trevor Lawrence completed 18-of-33 passes for 259 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Lawrence also carried the ball 16 times for 107 yards — both of which are career highs — and a touchdown.

That 67-yard touchdown scamper was certainly a highlight for Lawrence, who controlled things offensively for the Tigers, as usual. However, a few hours later, Lawrence did himself one better — connecting with star backfield mate Travis Etienne for a 34-yard catch-and-run, which proved to be the game-winner.

After a slow start, Etienne finished with 13 total touches and three touchdowns.

Following the Etienne touchdown, Clemson added a two-point conversation — Lawrence to Tee Higgins, who returned to the game after a first-quarter injury. The Tigers clung to a six-point lead, 29-23, with 1:49 left in the game.

Ohio State moved the ball quickly down the field; Justin Fields and JK Dobbins took center stage as the Buckeyes raced into Tiger territory. The last-minute threat ended, however, when Field was intercepted by Nolan Turner in the end zone.