Boxscore
Clemson 25, Louisiana State 24
Monday, December 31, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - Georgia Dome
Attendance - 68027

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Louisiana State 7 7 10 0 24
Clemson 7 6 0 12 25

Recap


No. 13 Clemson 25, No. 7 Louisiana State 24: Chandler Catanzaro booted a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift Clemson to victory at the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

Clemson (11-2) outscored LSU 12-0 in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points in the final 2:47. DeAndre Hopkins caught 13 passes for a Chick-fil-A Bowl-record 190 yards and two touchdowns. Tajh Boyd completed 35 of 49 passes for 339 yards - although none bigger than the 26-yard strike to Hopkins on fourth-and-16 on the final drive. 

Freshman running back Jeremy Hill rushed for a season-high 125 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns for LSU (10-3). 

Boyd hit Hopkins on a 12-yard seam route with 2:47 remaining to pull Clemson within two, but then threw incomplete under pressure on the ensuing two-point conversion. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw two incomplete passes on the next possession, allowing Clemson to get the ball back at its 20 with 1:39 remaining and all three of its timeouts.

Despite out-gaining LSU 240-95 in total yards during the first half, Clemson still trailed at the break for the first time this season. Hopkins caught an 11-yard touchdown reception from Boyd with 5:43 remaining in the first half, but the extra-point attempt was blocked - leaving Clemson behind 14-13.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Hopkins finished with 1,404 receiving yards this season, breaking the school’s single-season record set last year by teammate Sammy Watkins (1,243). Watkins suffered a right ankle injury on the second play against LSU and did not return, finishing the season with 708 receiving yards. … LSU punter Jamie Keehn, who replaced suspended All-American Brad Wing, averaged 44.4 yards on nine punts. … Catanzaro had made 143 of 145 extra points in his three-year career before his second-quarter kick was blocked by defensive lineman Bennie Logan.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 14:05
Louisiana State   TD  Clemson 0 - Louisiana State 7
1st Quarter - 9:46
Clemson   TD  Clemson 7 - Louisiana State 7
2nd Quarter - 13:12
Louisiana State   TD  Clemson 7 - Louisiana State 14
2nd Quarter - 5:43
Clemson   TD  Clemson 13 - Louisiana State 14
3rd Quarter - 14:43
Louisiana State   TD  Clemson 13 - Louisiana State 21
3rd Quarter - 4:49
Louisiana State   FG  Clemson 13 - Louisiana State 24
4th Quarter - 9:26
Clemson   FG  Clemson 16 - Louisiana State 24
4th Quarter - 2:47
Clemson   TD  Clemson 22 - Louisiana State 24
4th Quarter - 0:00
Clemson   FG  Clemson 25 - Louisiana State 24
TEAMS

Team Records

  Louisiana State Clemson
W/L 10 - 3 - 0 11 - 2 - 0
Conference 6 - 2 - 0 7 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Louisiana State Clemson
Score 24 25
First Downs 9 32
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-13
23%
8-for-18
44%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-3
33%
Total Yards 219 445
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 25-99 50-99
Average/Rush 4.0 2.0
Passing
Comp-Att 14-23 36-50
Passing Yards 120 346
Average/Pass Play 4.1 6.3
Penalties-Yards 7-66 6-47
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 3-2
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 23:39 36:21

PLAYER STATS

Louisiana State (10 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
Z. Mettenberger 14/23 120 1 1
Clemson (11 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Boyd 36/50 346 2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Hill 12 124 10.3 2
S. Ware 3 9 3.0 0
K. Hilliard 2 8 4.0 0
M. Ford 2 -1 -0.5 0
Z. Mettenberger 6 -41 -6.8 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Ellington 11 50 4.5 0
R. McDowell 7 26 3.7 0
T. Boyd 29 22 0.8 1
J. Brown 1 3 3.0 0
D. Howard 1 1 1.0 0
S. Watkins 1 -3 -3.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
O. Beckham Jr. 3 40 13.3 0
J. Landry 4 37 9.2 1
S. Ware 3 18 6.0 0
K. Boone 2 14 7.0 0
C. Clement 1 7 7.0 0
T. Dickson 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Hopkins 13 191 14.7 2
B. Ford 9 69 7.7 0
A. Ellington 1 35 35.0 0
A. Humphries 8 27 3.4 0
J. Brown 1 12 12.0 0
R. McDowell 2 6 3.0 0
S. Cooper 1 5 5.0 0
C. Peake 1 1 1.0 0