Clemson beats undefeated Alabama at CFP Championship

Dalton Kemper, Multimedia Specialist

Riding a 26-game winning streak, the Alabama Crimson Tide were heavily favored to win yet another CFP Championship when they played the Clemson Tigers on Jan. 9. However, the Tigers had other plans. Last year in the championship game, Alabama beat Clemson in a thrilling 45-40 game. This game was much different.
All year, Clemson’s run-stopping defense had been underrated because of their high-powered offense. However, Alabama’s offense is based solely on their ability to run the football. Even though Alabama went into the half with a 14-7 lead, Clemson looked like a totally different team in the second half. They began stopping Bo Scarbrough, Alabama’s running back, and he eventually left with an injury. With Scarbrough out, Alabama was forced to trust their quarterback, Jalen Hurts, throwing the ball. The fact that they had to throw the ball more absolutely devastated them. Having to pass the ball, Hurts only completed an awful 42% of his passes for only 131 yards.
Stopping the Alabama offense allowed Clemson to keep their offense on the field and wear down Alabama’s incredible defense. Clemson’s quarterback, Deshaun Watson, made great use of all the time the offense was on the field. Watson completed an amazing 64% of his passes and threw for three touchdowns including the one that won the game with only two seconds left. Just like that, the mighty, undefeated Crimson Tide lost their first game since September of 2015, and Clemson got the revenge they had longed for since last year.

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