For the first time since 2011, the College Football National Championship has broken an undefeated team as the Clemson Tigers have defeated the Alabama Crimson, 44-16, to claim victory and an undefeated season.
The Tigers also become the first major college football team since 1897 to go 15-0 in a season.
Coming into the National Championship Game, the matchup between the two best teams in the nation seemed stale. With tickets sales slipping, the National Championship had lost
Clemson took on Notre Dame and absolutely stifled the Fighting Irish to the tune of 30-3. With the Tigers Defense absolutely suffocating Ian Book and the Notre Dame Offense, Travis Etienne took to the ground. At the end of the day, Etienne put up 109 rushing yards, enough to break the school’s rushing record in a season.
Alabama had the tough task of slowing down Kyler Murrey and the Oklahoma Sooners. After a close call in the SEC Championship, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide didn’t waste any time getting to the end zone. Bama put up 21 unanswered points in the first quarter on their way to a 45-34 victory. This is Alabama’s 4th trip to the dance in 5 years.
Clemson came out swinging in the first half, beginning the game with a pick-six off Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, and from there it seemed the closest Bama could get to the Tigers was 7 points.
Notable performers included Jerry Jeudy, who broke the 100 yard mark for the first time since early November. In the first half alone, Jeudy racked up 91 yards on 4 catches.
On the other side of the ball, Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross were human highlight reels. Ross caught 6 of Lawrence’s looks his way for 153 yards, averaging 25.5 yards a catch. An unreal game from Ross.
Lawrence, found another 194 yards in the hands of other receivers, giving him a grand total of 347 total yards through the air. After a year that began with a Quarterback controversy, Lawrence stepped up, once again proving that big-time players show up in big-time games.
Congrats to the Clemson Tigers, Coach Swinney and all the Clemson fans out there! Thank you for a wonderful NCAA College Football season!
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