Alabama, Clemson arrive in NoCal for fourth playoff meeting

Alabama, Clemson arrive in NoCal for fourth playoff meeting

Alabama (14-1) turned the ball over on downs three times inside the Clemson 25-yard-line.

Turns out it was just in the wrong order.

USA pay-TV network ESPN has announced the newest additions for its MegaCast of the College Football Playoff National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson. The baffling part was how disjointed Alabama looked, with no answers for a Clemson offense that caught the Tide unprepared with a few wrinkles picked up from studying Alabama's opponents.

Two seasons ago, it was Deshaun Watson dethroning the Tide with a last-second touchdown pass. Clemson's new star quarterback didn't need the late-game heroics. Another missed extra point was the least of Alabama's concerns.

Alabama and Clemson have now won 11 of the past 12 CFP games and each of the past four national titles.

Clemson's Dabo Swinney, 49, will collect a $US250,000 bonus for defeating Alabama.

With stunning ease - and a freshman quarterback - Clemson again toppled college football's greatest dynasty to become the first flawless playoff champion. It's no longer Alabama and everyone else.

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In many ways, that was Clemson making its case for the night.

So, naturally, the Tigers were rather ebullient following the game. The 1897 Penn squad also finished a ideal 15-0. But Clemson built a 31-16 lead heading into halftime behind strong play from freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

On third down alone, he was 8-for-10 for 240 yards.

Lawrence finished the game 20-of-32 with 347 yards and three touchdowns.

Clemson amassed 224 total yards.

5 - Clemson scored on five straight drives from midway through the second quarter through the end of the third period to put the game out of reach.