By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 2 Clemson Tigers dismantled the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night. The Tigers won 44-16 over the Crimson Tide at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The Tigers became the first team in the modern era to go 15-0. They are the first team to go 15-0 since the 1897 Penn Quakers, who also went 15-0.
Clemson has now won their second College Football Playoff National Championship in the past three seasons. In addition, they are the first undefeated champion in the modern era.
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The Crimson Tide suffered its first loss of the season. In addition, this loss snapped their 16-game win streak.
Alabama went more than one-year between losses, as they were defeated by then-No. 6 Auburn Tigers, 26-14, on November 25th, 2017. This is the worst loss under head coach Nick Saban at Alabama.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence went 20 of 32 for 347 yards. He had three touchdown passes.
Travis Etienne led the backs with 14 carries for 86 yards and two touchdowns. Justyn Ross had six receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown.
Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa went 22 of 34 for 295 yards. He had two touchdown passes and two interceptions.
Damien Harris led the backs with 11 carries for 52 yards. Jerry Jeudy had five receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Clemson outscored Alabama 13-0 in the second half. Lawrence hit Ross for a 74-yard touchdown reception. Lawrence also hit Tee Higgins for a five-yard touchdown reception.
The Tigers led 31-16 at halftime. A.J. Terrell scored on a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown. Etienne also scored on a 17-yard rushing touchdown.
Etienne scored on a one-yard rushing touchdown. Lawrence hit Etienne for a five-yard touchdown reception.
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Greg Huegel also made a 36-yard field goal.
Tagovailoa hit Jeudy for a 62-yard touchdown reception. Tagovailoa also connected with Hale Hentges for a one-yard touchdown reception.
Joseph Bulovas also made a 25-yard field goal.
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