Les Miles’ Bizarre Play-Calling, Tajh Boyd’s Clutch Throws Cost LSU Against Clemson

Score: No. 14 Clemson 25, No. 8 LSU 24

Star(s): Clemson: Tajh Boyd 36/50, 346 Yds, 2 TDs. LSU: Jeremy Hill 12 Car, 124 Yds.

Story: This was a HUGE win for Clemson and the ACC, though statistically, it’s pretty amazing how close the game turned out. Clemson outgained LSU 445-219, had 32 first downs (compared to just nine by LSU), and held the ball for more than 36 minutes. Yet it was LSU that led the majority of the game, taking what seemed to be a near-insurmountable 24-13 lead into the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd had a monster game, and led the Tigers on a touchdown drive to get within two (24-22) with just under three minutes to go. With 2:47 to play and a two point lead, Les Miles called for three straight passing plays, none of which were completed, instead of running the ball to either run down the clock or force Clemson to use any of its three timeouts.

The Tigers (Clemson) got the ball back, but immediately got themselves into a tough 4th-and-16 situation. But Boyd found DeAndre Hopkins for a 26-yard gain, then completed four more passes to get within field goal range. Chandler Catanzaro hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired, and Clemson and its fans celebrated wildly.

Here are the highlights, along with some peoples’ reactions to Les Miles play-calling at the end of the game.

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