Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild 25-24 win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday night in Atlanta.
Trailing 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd completed a pass for 26 yards to DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive.
Catanzaro’s kick set off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands. Some players collapsed on the field in apparent disbelief while most of Clemson’s orange jerseys met in a midfield circle.
Hopkins, who had 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, also had receptions for 7 and 13 yards in the final drive.
Jeremy Hill ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns for LSU (10-3), which carried a 24-13 lead into the final quarter.
Boyd completed 36 of 50 passes for 346 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He set career highs for attempts and completions while winning the game MVP award.
LSU scored 10 points off Clemson’s two lost fumbles.
Georgia Tech 21, Southern Cal 7: At El Paso, Texas, Tevin Washington ran for a 1-yard touchdown that broke a third-quarter tie, then threw a TD pass that sent Georgia Tech to victory.
Southern Cal (7-6), No. 1 at the beginning of the season, played minus injured quarterback Matt Barkley. Max Wittek tossed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Silas Redd in the second quarter, but also threw three interceptions.
Georgia Tech (7-7) stopped its seven-game bowl losing streak.
Tulsa 31, Iowa State 17: At Memphis, Tenn., Tulsa avenged a loss to Iowa State earlier in the season by defeating the Cyclones in the rainy rematch behind Alex Singleton’s three touchdowns. Trey Watts rushed for 149 yards, and Singleton ran for his three scores.
The Golden Hurricane (11-3) posted the second 11-win season in school history.
Iowa State (6-7) rallied to beat Tulsa, 38-23, on Sept. 1.
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Vanderbilt 38, North Carolina State 24: At Nashville, Tenn., Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as Vanderbilt capped its best season in nearly a century.
The Commodores (9-4) won their seventh straight game, their top mark since going 9-1 in 1915.
Vanderbilt forced a season-high five turnovers, including four in the first half, and turned those into 17 points.
N.C. State (7-6) finished up under interim coach Dana Bible. Coach Tom O’Brien was fired at the end of the regular season.