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A Brief History of Clemson vs. LSU Matchups

A Brief History of Clemson vs. LSU Matchups

A Brief History of Clemson vs. LSU Matchups

The College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 13 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans will mark the fourth meeting between Clemson and LSU. And like the two schools' other three meetings, this one will be in the postseason as well. Here is a brief history of the series.

LSU 7, Clemson 0

Jan. 1, 1959 – New Orleans

LSU entered the Sugar Bowl at 10-0, having already been named the consensus national champion. ACC champion Clemson was 8-2 and ranked 12th... and a 15-point underdog. If you bet on LSU to cover the spread, you lost. Neither team gained more than 200 yards of offense and the only score in the game came when halfback and future Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon hit Mickey Mangham with a nine-yard touchdown pass. The two teams would not meet again for 37 years.

LSU 10, Clemson 7

Dec. 28, 1996 – Atlanta

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The rematch in the Peach Bowl was also a low-scoring affair. LSU scored its points in the second quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by Kevin Faulk and a Wade Richey field goal and let the defense take care of the rest. Linebacker Aaron Adams blocked a 52-yard Clemson field goal attempt with less than two minutes left to secure the win and LSU’s first 10-win season since 1987.

Clemson 25, LSU 24

Dec. 31, 2012 – Atlanta, Ga.

Both teams were 10-2 and ranked in the top 15 when they played what is arguably the best Peach Bowl of all time. LSU had capitalized on two Clemson turnovers and held a 24-13 lead going into the fourth quarter. However, Clemson held LSU to 15 total yards in the final quarter and added a field goal and a touchdown (the two-point conversion failed) to close the lead to 24-22. Then Clemson kicker Chandler Cantanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to clinch a 25-24 victory. Since then, Clemson has won two national championships and has a shot at another when the two schools meet on Jan. 13.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.

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