Clemson, Trevor Lawrence win national championship over Alabama

Heather Diaz
January 8, 2019

But Clemson built a 31-16 lead heading into halftime behind strong play from freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

Tagovailoa threw a second interception in the second quarter, this time into triple coverage, and Trayvon Mullen's 46-yard return put Clemson in Alabama territory.

Schools like Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, Miami, and Nebraska have all gone on memorable runs, but none of them have equaled the dominance Alabama has had over the NCAA since winning its first title under Saban in 2009. No. 1 Alabama will step on the gridiron against No. 2 Clemson for the fourth time in the playoffs. Travis Etienne carried the ball seven times for 24 yards and two touchdowns.

Alabama seemed panicked in the third quarter, running a fake field goal into a waiting Clemson defense instead of kicking from 40.

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While quarterback-needy teams at the next level will fight over Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins this April, and perhaps Oregon's Justin Herbert and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa the following year, the real prize can't even throw his hat into the ring until 2021. Until Monday night, a 31-17 loss in the 2009 Sugar Bowl to Utah, a 35-21 loss to SC in 2010 and a 45-31 loss to Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl stood as the largest losses of Saban's Alabama tenure.

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It was also the first scoreless half for an Alabama team since November 5, 2016, when Alabama and LSU went into halftime of their matchup at 0-0. Especially when you consider how Monday night's game played out.

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