By Dwayne Haskins (16')
Clemson had fought hard the whole game and had an opportunity to win the game if it wasn’t for the onside kick called by Nick Saban. Deshaun Watson who came up 2nd in the Heisman voting had a Heisman performance after throwing for 405 yards against one of college football’s stingiest defense.
Alabama had a few scares vs Clemson but what kept them in the game was two specific plays that just can’t happen if you expect to win. Those two plays were the onside kick and an interception by the free safety Eddie Jackson in the second quarter that kept the momentum in their favor.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson started the game off hot and continued to play well but it wasn’t enough to win the game for the Tigers. It seemed like majority of the time he was the only one making plays on offense.
Derrick Henry from the Alabama Crimson Tide finished the game with 3 touchdowns and an explosive 40+ yard run in the 1st quarter to keep the Tide in the game. Cooker who at first had seem startled due to Clemson’s front 7, settled down and made some key throws on 3rd downs and 3 touchdowns to keep the Tide ahead.
The national championship game of 2016 came down to the wire and Clemson Tigers had played until the clock hit 00:00. The final score being 45-40 in the favor the University of Alabama. Despite the TV rankings drop from last year’s game. This is what the college football playoffs are all about getting the best two plays in the country to slug it out in front of millions to see. We’re looking forward to the 2017 game next year.