NEW ORLEANS – At first Joe Burrow couldn't believe that Ja’Marr Chase was as open as he was. As such a weapon, the LSU quarterback essentially assumed that it would have to work the ball around the rest of the recipients before it could free Chase, who had scored 18 touchdowns this season and was Burrow's main target the year he won the Biletnikoff Won the trophy as the best recipient of the sport.
But after a slow start to this national championship game – two series, six games, zero defeats – Chase came to Burrow and sent a surprising message.
"You give me some space," the recipient alarmed the quarterback.
It wasn't just music to Burrow's ears, it was a whole symphony. And from that moment on, Burrow-to-Chase defined this game and will continue to determine this LSU team long after the jubilation of this 15: 0 season and the 42:25 victory. The fans.
"The first series I didn't think would shut him down in any way," said Burrow. "And then we came to the sideline and he said they would fire him and obviously I had to conclude that I would go to him at any opportunity."
Chase made nine catches. He won 221 meters. He scored two touchdowns, including the 52-yarder, which could have been the most important game of the day as he eliminated Clemson's quick 7-0 lead, tied the game and set a tone for the way the LSU Clemsons Defense would attack the night. It was also his 19th TD of the year that set a new record at the Southeastern Conference for most TD catches in one season.
The other, a 14-yarder with 5:19 left in the second quarter, gave LSU his first lead of the night, 21-17, an advantage she would never do without.
"This is a dream come true," said Chase, a New Orleans-born and second student who will be one of the glowing stars of the next season. “To say that I have all my goals on my mirror, I have achieved every goal that I wrote down. I have to come up with new goals now. This season was ridiculous, that's all I can say. "