It was all smiles once again as the Alabama Crimson Tide won their fourth title in seven years last night 45-40 over the previously undefeated Clemson Tigers at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide found themselves once again on top of the college football world with a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, containing Clemson’s Heisman Runner-Up quarterback Deshaun Watson. The ‘Bama defense did an excellent job stopping the Clemson run forcing Watson to have play a one-dimensional game during the first half.
However, that would not stop Watson as he connected with wide receiver Hunter Renfrow twice to keep Clemson tied with ‘Bama 14-14 going into the half and head coach Dabo Swinney was fired up with his team’s performance in the first half.
The game remained a see-saw battle early in the third quarter with both teams trading scoring drives until the early fourth. After a 33 yard field goal by Adam Griffith and a 51 yard touchdown pass from Jake Coker to O.J. Howard, Clemson would never catch the Tide. Derrick Henry was utilized often finding the end zone three times, but his touchdown with 1:12 left in the 4th quarter all but put it away for Alabama.
Watson would make it interesting with 12 seconds left by finding Jordan Leggett, but a failed onside kick gave Alabama the title. For Swinney, during his post-game press conference he was beyond pleased with his teams performance throughout the year and the resilience they showed down to the bitter end.
But for Nick Saban he would capture his fourth title in seven years and has no intention of letting up any time soon, and for now the title will return once again to Tuscaloosa.