Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Dabo Swinney -- This Clemson Tigers team among all-time best

Dabo Swinney -- This Clemson Tigers team among all-time best

One of the new great rivalries in Southern football is renewed on Monday night in Santa Clara, CA when Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide takes on Dabo Swinney's Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence became the first true freshman to lead his team to a national championship since 1985, defeating Alabama 44-16 on Monday night. And in a second-half defensive performance that will go down in Clemson lore. He tallied 295 yards through the air and two touchdowns but threw a pair of key interceptions. The Tigers have evened the score and are now 2-2 with the Crimson Tide in the playoff.

Ross went HAM after that.

234 - Ross and Tee Higgins were Lawrence's top targets in the game.

Lawrence was named the game's offensive MVP.

Still, Williams wasn't that impressed by what he saw from the now-national champions.

Perhaps Alabama's opening possession was a sign. A nine-play, 72-yard drive was capped with a four-yard TD pass to Mike Williams, pulling the Tigers back within three.

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Williams went relatively unnoticed in Clemson's 44-16 rout, except for this first-quarter stop that showcased his power.

"I feel like it's not really up for debate", Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen said. He was a leader, day one. But this time around he was benched for Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter.

And just because, here's the clip of Wilkins' famous dance moves from Clemson's title two years ago.

For Alabama, they came into the game with five receivers with at least 500 yards on the season, but Tua Tagovailoa has only managed to find three receivers so far, while being picked off twice. There were no last-second touchdowns or fluke plays needed in this one. And on Monday night at Levi's Stadium, in a championship game played more than 2,000 miles away from Clemson's SC campus, the Tigers were way too much for an Alabama team that had spent the season mauling its opposition.

But they managed to when the QB called his own number.

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

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