Thursday, 17 January, 2019

National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

Travis Etienne celebrates one of his second-quarter touchdowns with a sky-high Christian Wilkins at Levi's Stadium Christian Petersen Getty Images Travis Etienne celebrates one of his second-quarter touchdowns with a sky-high Christian Wilkins at Levi's Stadium
Frederick Owens | 10 January, 2019, 14:37

Clemson won 44-16, the largest margin of victory in a college football championship game since Alabama beat Notre Dame by 28 in the 2012 BCS title game. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers in last year's semifinals before beating Georgia in the title game. Clemson's defense pressured and flustered Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa all night, forcing two turnovers and holding the Tide to 4-for-13 on third down.

The two teams exchanged blows early with Clemson holding a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, but it was all Tigers after that.

Mullen is coming off of earning defensive MVP honors in the National Championship Game. 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.

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"I'm so happy for our team, our fans, our administration, our former players". The Crimson Tide posted a tweet in the days leading up to the game, with the American singer providing some motivation while donning an Alabama hoodie.

The Tigers head coach was obviously thrilled during his postgame interview, after his football team captured a second championship in three seasons, and a second time as the underdog, TigerNet noted. Despite the rankings, Clemson proved everyone wrong and dominated, winning by a score of 44-16.

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