'Run ragged' by Clemson offense, LSU felt the bite of Chad Morris' pushed pace

LSU DE Sam Montgomery: 'When I laid down out there, I was so tired and so hurt. It's a hard thing on defense to play 100 plays'

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates a 25-24 win over LSU at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates a 25-24 win over LSU at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Clemson's physical dominance at the end of the Chick-fil-Bowl Bowl caught even the Tigers' fans by surprise.

Clemson's crowd booed during the Tigers' drive for the game-winning field goal, as on play-after-play, LSU players stayed on the ground, forcing a stoppage of play as they were attended by training staff members.

But this was no time-and-breath-saving ploy by coach Les Miles.

The SEC Tigers were done. They knew it, Miles knew it, and Clemson's Tigers knew it.

USA Today's next-day headline declared it: 'Clemson ran LSU ragged.'

"There was no advantage to LSU to lay there on the ground like that," said Miles, who chaffed when asked about the final series during his postgame press conference.

"We were just trying to hold it together until the end," said defensive end Sam Montgomery, a Greenwood, S.C. native and a key player in LSU's pass rush.

After Chandler Catanzaro's game-winning field goal sailed true, Montgomery said he collapsed on the ground.

"When I laid down out there, I was so tired and so hurt," he said. "It's a hard thing on defense to play 100 plays."

Especially when a team's offense mustered just 48 plays, 219 yards and nine first downs.

"The fact that we weren't able to sustain our offense and that our defense had to play so many snaps was tough," said offensive lineman Josh Dworacyzk. "There at the end, our defense was worn out. Our guys just weren't as dynamic as they needed to be, as their receivers were.

"A lot of the time guys went out cramping in situations where we needed them in."

Montgomery said the exhaustion was unexpected, and had very real effects.

"We never expected to be out there so long," said Montgomery. "A lot of guys started to break down. Their bodies started to give out...I wasn’t even expecting to cramp this game. Some got sick. Some got dizzy. I was just like what is going on?"

"Our defense played their butts off," said Miles. "There's young men there that are spent, gave everything they had."

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lhaselden writes:

Go Tigers.... I guess Clemson is tough enough to play a good SEC team toe to toe!!! And WIN!!!

TigerNE writes:

We have proven time and again that we can rally for yards. Next year Morris has to refine the ability to turn those yards into points.

Xander5000 writes:

We shouldn't hear anymore talk about we can't compete with a SEC team, because even though folks seem to have a short memory, its still a flat out lie. We can, we have, and should continue to do so. All we need is consistency and toughness. We are capable of it, but we need consistency with it. A team is a team no matter what conference you play in or play against. Go out there and give 100% effort and see how that works for you. That goes for coaches as well.

justcurious writes:

do not upset Dabo, by giving credit to another coach. Yes Chad's offense came up strong, rahhhhhhh loved it

Bill61 writes:

The defense played the best game of the year. Coach V is doing a great job with the defense. What happened in the 4th quarter
Is a prime example of what this offense can do with a good defense. With the athletes LSU recruiters ever year it is hard to imagine what their program would look like with Coach Morris's offense. In regards to the poster saying Clemson should score more points next year. My friend you must live in a cave. We need to watch the Oregon and Kansas game tonight. After this game it is reported Oregon coach Chip Kelly will take the Cleveland Browns job. Lets just hope Oregon doesn't know about Chad Morris and his offense.

cuGIZ82 writes:

Great job of wearing down those Bayou Tigers...glad to see the OC stuck with the run for the entire game and the D played WELL! I've been telling people for a while, CU plays well against a traditional pro style Offense. It is those spread Offenses that have given us trouble.

putter2 writes:

It is a shame LSU players laid down to stall the Tigers effort and get away with it. Should have been unsportsmanship penalty. It was so obvious.

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