National Championship held on Monday night in Tampa, 35-31. The Tigers avenged the last year’s loss and won their second national championship and had dramatic win in this match. At the start the biggest plays for Alabama came on defense, as incredible instincts showed by Da’Ron Payne, Ryan Anderson and Reuben Foster, hard hitting and closing speed in the open field to keep Watson contained. But it did not last for long because after a slow start, Watson at his 15 throws connected on 11 in the second half, including touchdowns to Mike Williams and Hunter Renfrow.
Before halftime, Clemson lost decisively the field position battle which became the name of the game as Alabama’s offense spun its wheels through a tense final act. Alabama wide receivers had some bad drops and Quarterback Jalen Hurts made some bad reads. The Clemson defensive front got stronger instead of wilting as the game progressed especially against the downhill rushing attack of Tide.
Although these minor injuries may seem less impactful, but losing Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell and Alabama star running back Bo Scarbrough from the contest no doubt played a huge role in the outcome. The final quarter of this interesting game was a test of team strength and conditioning, both mentally and physically.
- Jalen Hurts: 13-of-31, 131 YDS, 1 TD; 10 CAR, 63 YDS, 1 TD
- Bo Scarbrough: 16 CAR, 93 YDS, 2 TD; 2 REC, 7 YDS
- O.J. Howard: 4 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD
- Calvin Ridley: 5 REC, 36 YDS
- Deshaun Watson: 36-of-56, 420 YDS, 3 TD; 1 RUSH TD
- Wayne Gallman: 18 CAR, 46 YDS; 3 REC, 39 YDS
- Jordan Leggett: 7 REC, 95 YDS
- Mike Williams: 8 REC, 94 YDS, 1 TD
- Deon Cain: 5 REC, 94 YDS
Hunter Renfrow: 10 REC, 92 YDS, 2 TD