Tigers 35, Crimson Tide 31.

Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game , ending the 2016 postseason with one of the greatest games in college football history.

 

QB: Deshaun Watson, Clemson

Watson secured his place among the sport’s greatest players by leading the Tigers to a 35-31 victory over Alabama in the national title game. He completed 36 of his 56 passes for 420 yards with three touchdowns and rushing score. He threw the winning 2-yard touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with one second left.

RB: Bo Scarbrough, Alabama

After setting an Alabama bowl record with 180 rushing yards in the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 win over Washington in the CFP semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Scarbrough was well on his way to another big total against Clemson in the CFP National Championship. But then he fractured his right leg in the second half. He finished with 93 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.Alabama's Bo Scarbrough is looked at after being

Clemson

The Tigers showed their ability to wear down Nick Saban’s defense on Monday. It turns out Alabama’s defense usually handles a quick tempoed well. Monday marked the first time since at least 2005 that Bama had faced an opponent that ran more than 90 plays.Clemson beat Alabama in every aspect including total yards,  first downs, and possession time.

Alabama 

All the changes that Alabama endures proved to been too much for them to overcome. Clemson was gunning for Alabama since this was Watson’s last year to have a comeback from the close loss last year. Alabama’s first string athletes have been hurt and warn out, so their defense wasn’t as strong as usual. Their offensive coordinator was fired a week before this game, and they are dealing with a true freshman quarterback who has never been exposed to this much adversity. They just came off of their worst game last week and having more injuries during this game didn’t help at all.APTOPIX Playoff Championship Clemson Alabama Football

My Thoughts

     I was split during this game; I was going to be happy for one and sad for the other no matter who won. Alabama has carried the SEC for years, and the SEC is truly the best conference in my opinion. It also would have been great to see a true freshman go all the way undefeated. On the other hand I am a huge fan of Deshaun Watson. He has always been an underdog to me and who doesn’t love rooting for the underdog. He has been  the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy two years in a row, and it is great to see him finish off his senior year with a win before going into the 2017 NFL draft. This was such a close and entertaining game. I am truly happy for Watson this is what he has been practicing for, to beat Alabama. But… I would have loved to have seen Hurts take it all the way. There were just too many changes and obstacles for them to overcome. I am sure they will take it next year. Hurts’ future is incredibly bright and Alabama truly is the best place for him. He has had an incredible first season and I don’t see him quitting anytime soon.

Even though Clemson won neither finished undefeated, both teams finished off the post-season 14-1. #SEC

 Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson TigersQuarterback Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson

FIRST QUARTER CLEM ALA
TD
Scarbrough 25 Yd Run (Griffith Kick)
0 7
SECOND QUARTER CLEM ALA
TD
Scarbrough 37 Yd Run (Griffith Kick)
0 14
TD
Deshaun Watson 8 Yd Run (Huegel Kick)
7 14
THIRD QUARTER CLEM ALA
FG
Griffith 27 Yd Field Goal
7 17
TD
Renfrow 24 Yd pass from Watson (Huegel Kick)
14 17
TD
Howard 68 Yd pass from Hurts (Griffith Kick)
14 24
FOURTH QUARTER CLEM ALA
TD
Williams 4 Yd pass from Watson (Huegel Kick)
21 24
TD
Gallman 1 Yd Run (Huegel Kick)
28 24
TD
Hurts 30 Yd Run (Griffith Kick)
28 31
TD
Renfrow 2 Yd pass from Watson (Huegel Kick)
35 31

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