Tuesday, January 10, 2017
#Clemson DETHRONES #CrimsonTide to win National Championship! [details]
It's a GREAT day for my ALMA MATER Clemson University!! I am SMILING from ear to ear right now as I type this.
The Clemson Tigers won the College Football Playoff national championship Monday in a last-second victory against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The ending to the 35-31 game stunned the crowd at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. “It’s like a movie,” Clemson center Jay Guillermo said. “All the sports movies you watch, the storybook ending. It’s one they’re going to be writing about for a really long time.” Quarterback Deshaun Watson found Hunter Refroe in the end zone and connected for a dramatic second touchdown of the game, giving Clemson its first national title since 1981. Just one year ago, Clemson was bested in the playoff final against Alabama in a 45-40 loss.
Deshaun Watson and Clemson dethroned the champs and became the first team to beat Nick Saban's Alabama dynasty in a national title game, taking down the top-ranked Crimson Tide 35-31 Monday night in the College Football Playoff.
Watson found Hunter Renfrow for a 2-yard touchdown pass with a second remaining to give the Tigers their first national championship since 1981. A year after Alabama won its fourth title under Saban with a 45-40 classic in Arizona, Clemson closed the deal and denied the Tide an unprecedented fifth championship in eight seasons.
"That has to be one of the greatest games of all time," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.
The lead changed hands three times in the fourth quarter, but Watson got the ball last. Likely playing in his final college game, the junior quarterback threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns. In two games against Alabama and the most ferocious defense in college football, Watson has thrown for 825 yards and accounted for eight touchdowns. He was sacked four times and took some cringe-inducing shots from All-Americans Jonathan Allen and Reuben Foster.
"You know, I never got the sense that he was rattled," Allen said about Watson.
"I was calm," Watson said. He said he thought about Vince Young's last-second touchdown for Texas that derailed the Southern California's championship run in the 2005 championship game at the Rose Bowl. He told his team: "Let's go be great."