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Zach Mettenberger, LSU: F
Monday night was the 2012 season in a nutshell for LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. At times, he displayed flashes of the arm and talent that had Tiger fans so excited to see him under center.
However, at other times, the junior made poor decisions, poor throws and generally crumbled under the pressure applied by Clemson.
Mettenberger finished just 14-of-23 with 120 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
His lackluster performance wasn't so obvious over the first three quarters, as LSU held a lead thanks to some excellent running from Jeremy Hill. However, Mettenberger had plenty of opportunities to ice the game in the final frame, but he squandered those chances, unable to connect with his receivers.
Boyd nearly tripled his output and, as a result, Clemson accumulated double the total yardage and more than triple the amount of first downs that LSU managed. Mettenberger wouldn't have had to do much to put the Tigers over the top, but he really didn't do anything in this game at all.
Tajh Boyd, Clemson: A+
While Mettenberger put forth an incredibly dull performance, Clemson's Tajh Boyd shined as bright as any player so far this bowl season.
He was pressured, battered and bruised for four straight quarters, but continued to fight for a truly amazing performance.
He put the entire Tiger offense on his back and, with some help from DeAndre Hopkins, carried them to victory. He ended up 36-of-50 for 346 yards and two touchdowns, and 22 net rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground.
No. 10 made some unbelievable throws on Clemson's final two drives, including threading the needle to Hopkins over LSU's All-American safety Eric Reid on 4th-and-16.
On those last two drives, he connected with Hopkins five times to record a touchdown and set up the game-winning field goal.
That performance easily earns him MVP of this bowl season to this point.