Clemson Rolls Tide To Win Natl Title

Lynette Rowe
January 10, 2019

No.2 Clemson, knocked off No. 1 Alabama, 44-16, in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

It was anything but a close game as the Tigers ran out comfortable 44-16 winners in what was their fourth meeting in recent years to be crowned the national champions for the second time in three years.

Playing in his first year out of high school, Lawrence outplayed former Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant, who despite winning an ACC title and taking them to a berth in the semi final last season, couldn't produce in the passing game when it mattered most. Clemson's defense pressured and flustered Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa all night, forcing two turnovers and holding the Tide to 4-for-13 on third down.

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Clemson's blowout victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff drew a 14.6 overnight rating for ESPN across its multiple-channel broadcast, the lowest-rated title game in the 5-year-old postseason system.

Clemson made history Monday night by becoming the first 15-0 team in modern college football history. Lawrence also became the first true freshman to win the national championship since 1985. Dabo Swinney certainly thinks so. "I know we're not supposed to be here, and I'm not supposed to be here, but we are, and I am, and how about them Tigers, man?" But it wasn't just that record-setting fact or that Clemson simply beat Alabama, it was how the Tigers did so in such one-sided fashion.

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