Clemson, Trevor Lawrence win national championship over Alabama

Lynette Rowe
January 8, 2019

Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

The Crimson Tide bumbled their way through a mistake-laden game that included two turnovers that led to Clemson touchdowns, a botched fake field goal attempt, undisciplined penalties and an inability to stop Clemson on third down or convert their own opportunities.

Clemson's 28-point margin was the largest against a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team.

He was equally unimpressed being the first true freshman since Oklahoma's Jamelle Holieway to win a title. The possession that ended with Tagovailoa's second interception was the last time Alabama would be within a single score for the rest of the night. But just like it had on the previous two drives, Clemson's defense came up huge and Tagovailoa was sacked for a loss on fourth and goal.

Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa threw two crucial interceptions in the first half, the first returned 44 yards for a touchdown by A.J. Terrell to put Clemson up, 7-0.

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Ohio State finished third.

Isaiah Simmons #11 and Austin Bryant #7 of the Clemson Tigers celebrate after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas.

While this college football season was stable at the top and Monday night's matchup another repeat, Clemson punctuated an otherwise predictable season with the one upset that will linger the longest. Clemson straight-up beat Alabama in every facet of the game.

Clemson crushed Alabama on Monday in Santa Clara, California.

He's won a total of six national titles in college football, and is beloved in Alabama for it.

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