LSU squanders lead, game to Clemson 25-24

LSU squanders lead, game to Clemson 25-24

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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Brandon Ford #80 of the Clemson Tigers pulls in this reception against Jalen Collins #32 of the LSU Tigers during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Posted on December 31, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 31 at 11:40 PM

By CHARLES ODUM  /  AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) -- Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday night.
 
   Trailing 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd completed a pass for 26 yards to DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive.
 
   Catanzaro's kick set off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands. Some players collapsed on the field in apparent disbelief while most of Clemson's orange jerseys met in a midfield circle.
 
   Hopkins, who had 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, also had receptions for 7 and 13 yards in the final drive. LSU safety Greg Reid was flagged for pass interference while defending Hopkins.
 
   Jeremy Hill ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns for LSU (10-3), which carried a 24-13 lead into the final quarter.
 
   Boyd completed 36 of 50 passes for 346 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He set career highs for attempts and completions while winning the game MVP award.
 
   LSU scored 10 points off Clemson's two lost fumbles, including one by Sammy Watkins on the second play of the game that set up Hill's first touchdown.
 
   Hopkins scored on an 11-yard reception in the second quarter and a 12-yard grab in the fourth.  LSU's Bennie Logan blocked Catanzaro's extra point attempt following Hopkins' first touchdown.

 

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