LSU vs. Clemson: Postgame Grades for Clemson's 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl Victory

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LSU vs. Clemson: Postgame Grades for Clemson's 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl Victory
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Entering the fourth quarter of the Chick-fil-A Bowl, the Clemson Tigers trailed the LSU Tigers by two possessions, and an all too familiar taste crossed their tongues.

It was the taste of bowl defeat that had been on their palate since their humiliating loss at the hands of West Virginia to cap the 2011-12 season. Over the final frame in Atlanta on Monday night, quarterback Tajh Boyd and DeAndre Hopkins hooked up over and over again to bring Clemson from the jaws of defeat to a bowl victory over SEC juggernaut LSU.

Much of the comeback credit also goes to the Clemson defense, which forced eight three-and-outs in the contest and kept LSU off the scoreboard over the final 15 minutes.

In the end, it was kicker Chandler Catanzaro who nailed the game-winning kick to make up for an otherwise shaky performance from the Tigers special teams unit.

Here are the in-depth position grades for both LSU and Clemson from Monday night's Chick-fil-A Bowl.

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