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

Mae Harvey
January 11, 2019

ESPN, Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports all have the Tigers as their No. 1 team in their early rankings.

Clemson made history last night by crushing Alabama, to win the national title.

The Clemson Tigers shocked the world last night when they unseated Alabama as champions in a blowout National Championship game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA.

Lawrence threw for 347 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he will have a lot of help returning on offense too with running back Travis Etienne and wide receiver Justyn Ross. Tagovailoa's second interception in the first half, this one by Trayvon Mullen, led to another Clemson score and a 28-16 lead.

The previous worst loss for a Saban-led Alabama team was by 14 points, which happened three times - the 2009 Sugar Bowl loss to Utah (31-17), the 2010 regular-season loss at SC (35-21), and the 2014 Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma (45-31). Clemson was second in total defense, Alabama was 13th. Now it will be Alabama going after them, looking for revenge. Backup defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney stuffed Alabama holder Mac Jones on a fake field goal try that ended far short of its goal. And with Alabama hoping for any sort of momentum swing, All-American defensive end Clelin Ferrell stopped Tagovailoa for a 7-yard loss on fourth down near the goal line.

Lawrence, a freshman, was supposed to be rattled by Alabama's fearsome defensive front. He also had 199 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

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