Alabama came in as nearly a touchdown favorite over Clemson in the National Championship game, but as the final seconds ticked off the clock, it was the Clemson Tigers who were dancing and smiling after claiming their second consecutive championship in three years.
While the win wasn’t surprising, it was the way Clemson did so as the Tigers completely dominated Alabama from start to finish Monday night in the 44-16 victory.
The Tigers lit up Bama’s defense consistently, spreading the ball around the field thanks to a beautiful performance from freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The freshman finished with a game-high 347 passing yards to go with three touchdowns.
Here’s how fans and former players reacted after the game: