As many of you may know the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Clemson Tigers in the Dr. Pepper College Football Playoffs (CFP) National Championship 45-40. In what was a tight match-up between both teams many said going into the game Alabama was going to take the game and crush Clemson. However, this was a nail biting game from the start.
With Jake Coker at QB for Alabama there were concerns if he would be able to play to the best of his ability. Coker had an extremely rough start to his season but came up clutch the past four games leading up to the CFP National Championship. Coker ended the game with 335 passing yards and threw for two touchdowns. O.J. Howard came to play with 208 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Howard who has had a rough season had the game of his season helping the Tide to a win. But let’s not forget about Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, Henry who had just broken the SEC record for touchdowns in a single season against Michigan State scored another three touchdowns and rushed for 158 yards on Monday.
Although the Clemson Tigers came into this game ranked #1 they were still considered the underdogs, not winning a game against the Crimson Tide in the past 12 meetups between the two teams. The Tigers came into this game ready to play with QB Deshaun Watson throwing for 405 passing yards and leading the team with a mere 73 rushing yards. It is never a good thing when a QB is the team’s leading rusher, especially in a prestige game such as the National Championship game. But with that being said, Clemson still found a way to put 14 points on the board in the first quarter and taking lead of the game. Alabama then came back from a 7-point deficit in the second quarter to tie the game at 14 going into half time. Alabama would soon gain lead of the game and lose their lead only once more to the Tigers until tying the game and then taking control of the game late in the third quarter and early on in the fourth leading the Crimson Tide to claim yet another National Championship.
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