Down go the defending champs!
In a battle of, no doubt, the two best teams in the country, the Clemson Tigers have done the unthinkable. That's right, behind the strong right arm of Trevor Lawrence and unreal pass-catching of Justyn Ross, Clemson just took down Alabama 44-16 to capture the 2019 National Championship.
Right at the start of the second quarter, Bama took a 16-14 lead thanks to a 25-yard field goal. After that, though, the Tigers went on to outscore the Crimson Tide 30-0 the rest of the way. Yup, 30-0.
The dominant offensive showing was of course powered by Lawrence, who finished the night 20-of-32 for 347 yards and three touchdowns. None sweeter than his final score of the night to Tee Higgins.
This is freaking incredible from Trevor Lawrence and Tee Higgins. pic.twitter.com/03eDZJmBTv— Ty Wurth (@WurthDraft) January 8, 2019
Ross, also a freshman like Lawrence, was equally as brilliant, catching six balls for 153 yards and a touchdown. Ross' night was highlighted by an unreal one-handed catch, which of course drew comparisons to Odell Beckham Jr.
For Alabama, Tua Tagovailoa had a night to forget, tossing two touchdowns, but two costly interceptions, which led to two scores for the Tigers. His first pick of the night was returned 44 yards by A.J. Terrell for the game's opening score.
Unfortunately for Nick Saban, this was the WORST defeat of his career with Bama, as they had never lost a game by more than 14 points.
That of course changed on Monday night, with the Tigers dismantling the Tide, giving Dabo Swinney his second National Championship with Clemson.