LSU cashed in early in the second quarter completing a drive that started late in the first quarter. The Tigers drove 65 yards in 8 plays with Zach Mettenberger connecting with Jarvis Landry on a six yard touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone. The big play of the drive came on third and eight from the Clemson 34. Mettenberger hit Spencer Ware for 14 yards and Vic Beasley was flagged for roughing the passer. That set up LSU at the Clemson 12. LSU 14-7.
Later in the quarter, Clemson went on a 70 yard scoring drive capped by a 11 yard pass from Boyd to Hopkins. That gave Hopkins a touchdown catch in an ACC record 10 straight games. The extra point was blocked snapping Chandler Cantanzaro’s streak of 56 straight successful extra points. LSU 14-13.
Halftime, LSU 14-Clemson 13. First time all season Clemson has trailed at the half.