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Posted by on January 3rd, 2013 in blog, Brady Baylor, CFF Features | No Comments

Wow, I’m thinking of cutting my bowl viewing short after the LSU-Clemson thriller in Atlanta.  Clemson QB Tajh Boyd looks to be the heir apparent to Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in the Rocky movie franchise after going four insanely brutal rounds with the LSU Tiger defense and emerging victorious, albeit knocking on death’s door by the time the final bell rang.  Tomorrow morning, and the next, and the next will tell whether it was all worth it or not for Boyd, but it was prime time entertainment for us college football fans with no physical stake in the game.  Well, that’s not entirely true – my spinach dip continued to make its presence felt well into the wee hours of the next morning so I, too, felt some pain. 


LSU was, well, LSU in a game that featured them forcing two fumbles and blocking an extra point (to accompany their 10 yards of offense) that eventually set up the climax of the game’s abundant drama when Clemson was forced to will themselves into field goal range with time waning in the fourth quarter with a drive that featured a fourth and sixteen conversion.  This culminated in a 25-24 orange-and-purple Tiger victory, much to the chagrin of the yellow-and-purple Tigers.  Noteworthy is the fact that LSU’s first forced fumble, less than one minute into the contest, not only set up their first touchdown by giving them stellar field position, but also carried the side benefit of taking out Clemson all-everything Sammy Watkins, a loss that was felt indeed but which also resulted in fellow grabmaster DeAndre Hopkins’ Peach Bowl record 190 yards receiving to go with his 13 grabs and 2 touchdowns.  


Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was not unpredictably ecstatic after the Clemson victory, as evidenced in part by his embrace of ESPN’s on-field female reporter.  The camera only caught part of this spirited hug, so we can only hope it ended as simply an embrace. 

 More great action is sure to come, but it’s difficult to imagine a game topping this one for excitement.

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