Clemson wins 2nd National Championship in three years vs Alabama, 44-16


The Tigers got plenty of them from start to finish.

Saban and the Tide will try to regroup in the offseason and more likely than not will find themselves right back in the College Football Playoffs and perhaps the National Championship Game.

Now that we're in the wake of the Clemson Tigers defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide, 44-16, for the National Championship, it only makes sense that we're going to hear the juiciest hot takes and commentary on the game.

But Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide didn't need long to avenge the touchdown, scoring on a 62-yard pass, making the score 7-7 less than three minutes into the contest. True freshman Trevor Lawrence got the job over incumbent starter Kelly Bryant (who played poorly against Alabama last year) and turned in a stellar season, throwing for 2,933 yards, 27 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

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Etienne had three first-half TDs for Clemson, which actually trailed 16-14 in the second quarter before forging a 31-16 advantage by halftime.

Alabama will be back, but Clemson will nearly certainly be there waiting for them. Clemson was second in total defense, Alabama was 13th. Backup defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney stuffed Alabama holder Mac Jones on a fake field goal try that ended far short of its goal.

By then, the Crimson Tide had little left to give. Instead, he three for 347 yards and three touchdowns, looking as calm and cool has he has since winning the job in late September.