Move over Alabama, there is a new king in college football.
No. 2 Clemson (15-0) lead from start to finish en route to a dominating 44-16 victory over No. 1 Alabama (14-1) to win the programs second national championship in three seasons.
Unlike two years ago when the Tigers needed a last-second touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to beat Alabaman, Clemson didn’t need any heroics this time as they became just the second team in college football history to go 15-0.
The blowout loss for Alabama was the first time that head coach Nick Saban has lost by more than 14 points.
Clemson was led by freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence who completed 20 of 32 passes for a game high 347 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was freshman wide receiver Justyn Ross who had a game-high 153 yards receiving to go with one touchdown.
Alabama (14-1) was able to move the ball down the field, but in the red zone, the Crimson Tide couldn’t punch it in as they turned the ball over on downs three times inside the red zone.
Alabama was looking for its sixth national championship in 10 years as the Crimson Tide looked to add to an already unprecedented run and to keep the dynasty going. Instead, Clemson took the spotlight and showed the nation why its the program to beat after its second title in three years.