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Clemson overwhelms Alabama to claim second national title in three years

08 January 2019

Alabama and Clemson have faced off in the title game in three of the five years since the CFP (College Football Playoff) structure replaced the old BCS (Bowl Championship Series) format.

Lawrence threw TD passes to Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross to help undefeated Clemson become the first team in the AP poll era starting in 1936 to win 15 games in a season.

It's the worst blowout of Saban's career at Alabama and it's not even close. ESPN video shows her running on to the field shortly after Clemson scored the game's first touchdown on a pick-six of Tua Tagovailoa. And on Monday night at Levi's Stadium, the Tigers were way too much for an Alabama team that had spent the season mauling its opposition. He finished the game 22-of-34 passing for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

The Tigers and Crimson Tide have now split the last four national titles. The Crimson Tide came in scoring 48 points per game, but was shut out over the final 44 minutes by an opportunistic Clemson defense that stiffened in key spots.

"Good is not good enough, " Tagovailoa said.

TURNING POINT OF THE HALF: Alabama's offense was moving the ball at will, but Clemson's defense stood tall in the redzone at the end of the first half keeping the Tide out of the endzone and forcing a field goal. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence was 12-of-21 for 197 yards and touchdown.

With approximately 250 cameras in play - roughly double the 2018 edition - the network is also debuting two new vantages: "Ultimate Pylon Angle", a 40-camera composite technology for plays occurring around the goal line pylons; and "AllCam", a camera that captures the entire playing surface on every play with zoom capabilities to provide views of any action on the field at any time.

Clemson overwhelms Alabama to claim second national title in three years