SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With beautiful ease — and a freshman quarterback — Clemson toppled faculty soccer’s best dynasty once more to grow to be the primary excellent playoff champion.
Trevor Lawrence handed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and the second-ranked Tigers beat No. 1 Alabama, 44-16, on Monday night time within the Faculty Soccer Playoff nationwide championship sport.
Within the fourth consecutive playoff assembly between the Tigers and Tide, Clemson evened the sequence and beat ’Bama for the nationwide championship for the second time in three seasons. Clemson is the primary workforce within the AP ballot period, courting to 1936, to complete 15-Zero.
Coach Nick Saban and the Tide (14-1) had been on the lookout for a sixth nationwide championship in 10 years, attempting so as to add to an already unprecedented run within the sport. As an alternative, Clemson crushed Alabama, turning into the primary opponent to beat the Tide by greater than 14 factors since Saban grew to become coach in 2007.
Coach Dabo Swinney’s Tigers sealed their standing as a superpower, not simply 1A to Alabama’s 1.
Two seasons in the past it was Deshaun Watson dethroning the Tide with a last-second landing move. Clemson’s new star quarterback didn’t want the late-game heroics. The long-haired Lawrence reduce although Alabama’s protection with the assistance of one other fabulous freshman. Justyn Ross made a juggling seize, a one-handed snare and broke a 74-yard landing about halfway by means of the third quarter that made it 37-16 and had Swinney high-stepping down the sidelines.
Ross, who scored two touchdowns within the semifinal rout of Notre Dame, had six catches for 153 yards in opposition to his home-state workforce.
Swinney takes a distinct strategy than Saban, working a extra fun-loving program than Alabama’s all-business group. However the outcomes have been each bit nearly as good. And on Monday night time at Levi’s Stadium, in a championship sport performed greater than 2,000 miles away from Clemson’s South Carolina campus, the Tigers had been manner an excessive amount of for an Alabama workforce that had spent the season mauling its opposition by a mean of 31 factors per sport.
Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa threw two essential interceptions within the first half, the primary returned 44 yards for a landing by A.J. Terrell to place Clemson up by 7-Zero. The Tide got here in scoring 48 factors per sport, however was shut out over the ultimate 44 minutes by an opportunistic Clemson protection that stiffened in key spots.
Tagovailoa, the sophomore who got here off the bench to win the championship sport final yr for the Tide, went 22 for 34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns.
The Heisman runner-up was additionally the second-best quarterback on the sphere within the championship sport. Lawrence completed 20 for 32, however went 18 for 25 for 277 yards over the ultimate three quarters.