Congratulations! It’s official, Alabama is the new NCAA champion! The Crimson Tide beat the Clemson Tigers by a score of 45 to 40 during the Jan. 11 College Football Playoff national championship held at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
The Alabama Crimson Tide faced off against the Clemson Tigers in a game that was BEYOND memorable! The College Football Playoff national championship game was one for the books, but in the end it was Alabama’s blazing fourth quarter that put them in the driver’s seat, ultimately beating the previously undefeated Tigers by a final score of 45 to 40, making Nick Saban‘s Crimson Tide the new champs in college football, and bringing Nick his fourth national title as the team’s head coach.
Alabama was first to score early in the first quarter, but Clemson backed things up with two back to back touchdowns before the clock ended the quarter. The second quarter saw Bama pick off a Clemson throw and turned it around for a touchdown. By halftime the score was tied 14 – 14. The game was tied 24 – 24 with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter when Bama just EXPLODED when they recovered an onside kick and turned it around on the next play for a touchdown to go ahead, but the Tigers managed a field goal on their next possession.
But the Crimson Tide were rolling hard as on the next kickoff, Kenyan Drake ran the ball back for yet another Alabama TD, putting them up 37 -27. The undefeated Tigers didn’t panic and scored on their following possession but blew their two-point conversion, leaving them five points back. The Tide was unstoppable though with another TD with two minutes to go, putting them ahead for good, though Clemson refused to give up, scoring another TD with only 12 seconds left, but failing to recover their onside kick thus ending the game. Man this was one of the best fourth quarters of any College Football Championship in recent memory.
The Tide made their way to the championship game after putting Michigan State to shame in the Cotton Bowl. The final score of the bowl was a 38-0 crushing, easily advancing Bama to the playoffs. With an impressive defense and the current Heisman award winner, Derrick Henry, as a part of their repertoire, Alabama made for a hard team to beat.
But Clemson also had an impressive year with a 14 – 0 season and a 37 – 17 win over the Oklahoma Sooners in the Orange Bowl. With two of the most spectacular teams in college football battling it out, it’s no surprise that the championship game was so interesting.
Congratulations to Alabama as they take home the title! What do you think HollywoodLifers, did you enjoy the game? Get into the conversation below!