The Clemson Tigers stunned the College Football world by dominating the Alabama Crimson Tide, 44-16, to win their third National Championship in school history.
Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence won the battle of signal-callers over Tua Tagovailoa as the freshman was rarely touched on a day where threw for 347 yards, three touchdown passes, and was not sacked in the game.
Tagovailoa, by contrast, threw two interceptions, including AJ Terrell’s interception return for a touchdown on Alabama’s first possession.
After a first quarter that saw Clemson leading 14-13, the Tigers outscored Alabama by a score of 30-3 in the final three quarters.
Lawrence was named the Offensive MVP of the game, spreading the ball to eight different receivers, including freshman & Alabama native Justyn Ross who grabbed six passes for 153 yards including a 74-yard touchdown scamper. Tee Higgins caught a 62-yard pass among his three for 81 yards, and his five-yard touchdown reception to put the game completely out of reach.
Trayvon Mullen locked up the game’s Defensive MVP honors, with six tackles, a sack and Tagovailoa’s second interception leading to Travis Etienne’s third total touchdown of the game to close out the second half (2 rushing, 1 receiving).
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney and his players reacted humbly following the victory:
Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence & Clemson CB Trayvon Mullen
Clemson RB Travis Etienne
Clemson DT Christian Wilkins
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban failed to provide many answers to Monday night’s throttling:
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban
Clemson became the first 15-0 National Champion in College Football’s modern era, and handed Nick Saban his worst defeat by margin of victory in his Alabama tenure (previous high: 14 points).