Students and fans of Clemson University celebrate championship

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The Clemson Tigers came into Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship with a shorter list of 2019 NFL Draft talents than their counterparts, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Dabo Swinney is now a 49-year-old two-time national title-winning college football head coach. Etienne scored a school-record 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,658 yards as a sophomore while the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Ross had six catches for 153 yards with one touchdown versus the Tide to finish with 1,000 yards as a freshman.

The two teams exchanged blows early with Clemson holding a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, but it was all Tigers after that. "There was a lot of talk about best ever, all year long". "We were never in that conversation". Both teams were undefeated at 14-0, but Clemson was ranked second, while Alabama was first.

Terrell picked Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa just a few moments into the first quarter of the championship for his fourth career interception and first career touchdown. During the 1985-1986 season, Holieway took over as starting quarterback after Troy Aikman's leg was broken. It was also just the seventh interception and second interception returned for a touchdown in Tagovailoa's career. The 15-point halftime deficit was the largest the Tide has ever faced under Saban. Clemson finished No. 1 in the AP poll for the third time.

Nearly as shocking as Clemson, a program that promoted an obscure receivers coach to lead the program 10 years ago, climbing over the traditional powers to the top of college football.

"Our goal is not to win a national championship". Our goal is to win the closer right there. "I think they're definitely ready for the next level".



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