It was an absolute shocker tonight in Santa Clara, as Clemson routed Alabama 44 to 16 for their 2nd National Championship in 3 years. Clemson true freshman quarterback, Trevor Lawrence, was outstanding against that vaunted Bama’ defense finishing 20/32 for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns while true freshman wide receiver Justyn Ross caught 6 passes for 153 yards and 1 touchdown. The Clemson defense came to play as well, holding the Alabama offense to their lowest point total of the year.

It was a shaky performance from the beginning for Alabama star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, as he threw a pick 6 on the first possession of the game that gave Clemson some much needed momentum after a 3-in-out on offense to start the game.  Tagovailoa also had another key interception that led to Clemson points. Alabama was able to rush for 148 yards, but that didn’t mean much as they tried to come back from a large deficit in the second half.

The 28 point loss was the largest loss ever by a Nick Saban, Alabama coached team, and it was the first time a Nick Saban team lost by 20 plus points since he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.

It was the fourth straight year these two rivals have met in the College Football Playoff, and the third time in the National Championship. Both teams have now split the four games and both senior classes have finished with 55 wins and 2 National Championships apiece, just an absolute amazing accomplishment by both schools.