Alabama, college football champion
Alabama, college football champion for the fourth time in seven years, after beating Clemson 45-40.
GLENDALE, Arizona, USA (AP) – Alabama won his fourth national title of college football in the last seven seasons after winning 45-40 at Clemson on Monday.
The Crimson Tide (14-1) is the second team since 1936, when the era of college football polls, that crown four times in seven seasons began. He joins Notre Dame, who won four titles from 1943 to 49.
The task was not easy before some empeñosos Tigers that offered a dynamic game led by Deshaun Watson.
In what was the most difficult game that Alabama has played for the title under the orders of Nick Saban, the Crimson Tide required all its power and speed.
He even resorted to deception that went swimmingly.
For coach Saban, was their fifth national championship, which is located just one of Bear Bryant, of the same university and the top winner in history.
Alabama liquidated Clemson (15-0) with a series of major actions, including four touchdowns on plays of at least 50 yards. At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Crimson Tide surprised with an onside kick to take control of the match.
Marlon Humphrey caught the ball to continue under the control of Alabama, who had just tied the game of give and take with a field goal, 10:34 minutes to conclude the fourth quarter
Moments later, Alabama regained the lead. Crimson neglected for the second time at tight end OJ Howard and Jake Coker he completed a pass to an advance of 51 yards to the end zone, which left the score at 31-24, 9:45 minutes remaining.
But Watson never stopped a fight. He threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
Watson led an offensive series that led to a field goal to put the situation in 31-27. But then came another big play of Alabama. Kenyan Drake escaped from the side to score on a kickoff return 95 yards.
With another pass Watson, left the game in Clemson 38-33 with 4:40 minutes remaining. But Derrick Henry dived into the end zone to put the match at 45-33, with 1:07 left.
Watson threw another touchdown pass but had no other opportunity. Clemson an onside kick left the field.