Final: Clemson dethrones Alabama 44-16 in National Championship

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (WIAT) — Alabama and Clemson will meet in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season, playing for the championship for the third time. 

Both No. 1 Alabama and  No. 2 Clemson are looking to execute a perfect season as both remain undefeated.

Saban and Swinney are no strangers when it comes to National title meetings. The teams met in 2016 when Alabama won 45-40 and 2017 when Clemson claimed the win 35-31. In 2018, Alabama won the National Championship against Georgia 26-23 when Tua Tagovailoa won the game in the last minutes. With both teams’ eyes on the prize, the 2019 championship is up for grabs.

The National Championship kicks off at 7 p.m. CT at Levi’s Stadium. 

Game Blog: 

1st Q

(13:20) INT. Tua Tagovailoa pass intercepted for a TD by A.J. Terrell. Returned for 44 yards for a TD. Greg Hughes kick is good. 7-0, Clemson

(12:05) Tagovailoa 62 yard pass to Jerry Jeudy for a TD. Joseph Bulovas kick is good. 7-7, Tied 

(10:35) Travis Etienne 17 yard run for a TD. Kick is good. 14-7, Clemson

(6:23) Tagovailoa 1 yard pass to H. Hentges for a TD. Kick is no good. 14-13, Clemson

2nd Q

(14:18) Bulovas 25 yard field goal is good. 16-14, Alabama

(11:38) Travis Etienne 1 yard run. Kick is good. 21-16, Clemson

(4:38) Trevor Lawrence 5 yard pass to Etienne for a TD. Kick is good. 28-16, Clemson

(:45) Huegel 36 yard field goal is good. 31-16, Clemson

HALFTIME: 31-16, Clemson

3rd Q

(8:26) Lawrence pass to Justyn Ross for 74 yards for a TD. 37-16, Clemson

(:21) Lawrence pass to T. Higgins for 5 yards for a TD. Kick is good. 44-16, Clemson

4th Q

FINAL: 44-14, Clemson wins.

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