PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Michael Barnett #94 of the Georgia Bulldogs holds up a newspaper after the Bulldogs beat the Oklahoma Sooners 54-48 in the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

7 Greatest Moments in College Football Playoff History

The NCAA College Football Playoff has reminded us just how amazing postseason play can be. We've seen incredible catches, throws and truck-stick runs by backs. But, which plays stand out above the rest?


When you think of the College Football Playoff, you can't help but remember these stunning plays and moments. 

7. Clemson's Successful Fake Punt

Andy Teasdall, punter for the Clemson Tigers during the 2015 Orange Bowl, got to show off his passing abilities in this memorable moment. The Tigers took a gamble in the second quarter of the game, and completed a pass to Christian Wilkins, a defensive lineman.


The play hit for just over 30 yards and could have ended in a touchdown if Wilkins managed to stay on his feet. The Tigers ended the drive with a score and would win the game 37-17 over Oklahoma. What a play.

6. Rodrigo Blankenship's Huge Field Goal

It might be his swag that makes this one memorable, but nevertheless Rodrigo Blankenship's massive 55-yard field goal during last year's Rose Bowl is still fresh in our minds. Blankenship nailed this rocket of a kick to end the first half. As a result, Georgia went into the tunnel for halftime down 31-17, making it a two-score game. 


Georgia came back in the second half with the help of the momentum from the field goal, and won the game in stunning fashion. 

5. Kenyan Drake's 95-Yard Return

The 2016 National Championship game was one of the tightest in history. One of the most memorable moments of the game came in the fourth quarter as Kenyan Drake returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. He shed multiple tackles and eventually dove for the pylon, barely crossing the line. This amazing effort would increase Alabama's lead to 11 points and would help them pull off the win in the end by a score of 45-40.  

4. Ohio State Puts Up a Goose Egg

The 2016 Fiesta Bowl saw Clemson shut out Ohio State to the tune of 31-0. This memorable defensive display only allowed 215 total yards in the whole game. Clemson was determined to get back to the National Championship for a chance to avenge their loss the year before. 


This game was the first time Urban Meyer ever got blanked and it was an awesome stage to do it on. 

3. Deshaun Watson's Last Second Comeback

This brings us to the 2017 National Championship Game. Alabama's Jalen Hurts ran for a 30-yard touchdown to take the lead with just over two minutes left in the game. Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers got the ball back and drove down the field, making it to the two-yard line thanks to a defensive pass interference call with six seconds left. The Tigers would take their revenge in this rematch with a pass to Hunter Renfrow to win the game 35-31 as time expired. 

2. Sony Michel's Walk-Off Overtime TD

Sony Michel's performance for Georgia in the 2018 Rose Bowl was one for the books. He scored three touchdowns in the game and picked up 181 yards on 11 carries. He also had a crucial fumble that allowed Oklahoma to take the lead in the fourth quarter. 


Michel made up for his mistake later on. His most memorable moment of the game came in double overtime when he picked up 27 yards on his way to the end zone to ice the game. 

1. Tua's Triumphant Walk-Off

Tua Tagovaiola's appearance in the 2018 National Championship was surprising to say the least. Nick Saban made the decision to bench Alabama's starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime, putting in the untested Tua


He led Alabama to a second half comeback that would spill into overtime. Tua took a sack in overtime that put the Crimson Tide out of field goal position, but he was not backing down. He let a 41-yard pass fly to DeVonta Smith for the walk-off touchdown to win the National Championship. This moment is fresh in our minds and will be memorable for many years to come.