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Clemson Dethrones Alabama in Thrilling Fashion

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Clemson Dethrones Alabama in Thrilling Fashion

Coming into the game against Alabama, Clemson was an underdog, but not a big one. Alabama’s running game was the story of the first half as their running back, Bo Scarbrough, ran wild for 2 touchdowns and just under a 100 yards. Despite the big running numbers, Clemson’s defense still held Alabama to 14 points in the first half. Alabama took a 14-7 lead into the locker room and the Clemson Tigers knew that they had the ball starting the second half.
The possession to start the second half didn’t go well for the Clemson Tigers, as they decided to fumble the ball right to the hands of Alabama Defender Allen Robinson. Robinson had a chance to take it to the house but was stopped by a walk-on wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. The Clemson defense stood tall in the red zone and forced the Alabama Crimson Tide to settle for a field goal instead of a touchdown. This would prove to be very vital come the fourth quarter.
After the field goal, DeShaun Watson would then drive the Tigers down inside the Alabama Red Zone with just under 8 minutes left in the third quarter to find Hunter Renfrow for a touchdown to cut the lead from 10 to 3. Alabama would respond, though, on a pass from Jalen Hurts to O.J. Howard for the longest play in Alabama championship history due to blown coverage by the Clemson defense. With a re-extended lead of 10 points; 24-14, Nick Saban looked to be 98-0 when leading heading into the final quarter of the game. Clemson’s offense would counter punch and DeShaun Watson would lead the team down inside the Bama 10 yardline before he found Mike Williams for a 4-yard TD pass. Then, back on Alabama’s 1-yard line before their running back, Wayne Gallman, punched it in from the 1-yard line to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 28-24.
Alabama’s offense, which had been almost non-existent in the fourth, but would muster up a drive that resulted in a Jalen Hurts 30-yard TD scamper to regain the lead for the Crimson Tide with just over 2 minutes left in regulation, 31-28.
That would prove to be too much time on the clock, and Clemson drove down inside the Alabama 15 yard-line before a pass interference call placed the ball on the 2 yard-line. With 6 seconds left in the game, Watson connected with Renfrow for his second (and most important) touchdown. With a score of 35-31, the Tigers would recover an awkward onside kick with 1 second left to seal Clemson’s first football title since 1981.

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