Clemson rallies to beat LSU 25-24

LSU finishes the 2012 season at 10-3 after the Bayou Bengals failed to hold on to an 11-point fourth-quarter lead against Tajh Boyd and Clemson.

ATLANTA, Ga. -- They don't come a whole lot more painful.

LSU (10-3) wraps up the 2012 season in disappointing fashion after Clemson (11-2) stole victory from the jaws of defeat, kicking a field goal as time expired to win one for the ACC, 25-24.

The 32-yarder, sailed through the uprights by Chandler Catanzaro, capped a frantic 12-point comeback by Dabo Swinney's Tigers.

LSU got out to a 24-13 lead late in the third quarter, the beneficiaries of two touchdown runs by Jeremy Hill, a touchdown reception by Jarvis Landry and a field goal by senior Drew Alleman.

But the Bayou Bengals couldn't hold on. They also couldn't get out of their own way, yielding six sacks and running some questionable plays late in the ballgame with a lead.

"We have to improve," Les Miles said following the game. "Offensively we really just could not protect tonight, and that was really the mark of the game. If we protect our passer a little bit, he hits some balls.

"Again, congratulations to Clemson."

LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger finished with 120 yards, one interception and the touchdown to Landry on 14-of-23 passes.

Hill led the way on the ground for the Bengal Tigers with 124 yards and two scores on 12 carries. Landry had 37 yards receiving and fellow sophomore Odell Beckham had 40 yards through the air.

Linebacker Kevin Minter finished with a game-high 19 tackles, one shy of his haul in Gainesville earlier this year and two shy of the program single-game mark set by Albert Richardson.

On the Clemson side of things, quarterback Tajh Boyd put together one of those games nobody will soon forget.

Boyd repeatedly picked himself up off the mat - he was sacked five times - and kept firing. He finished the game with 346 yards and two touchdowns passing to go with 22 yards rushing and another score.

Boyd was named the game's offensive MVP while Minter was the defensive MVP.

Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was also a man amongst men, grabbing 13 receptions for 191 yards and two touchdowns.


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