Thursday, January 19, 2017

CFP National Championship Shocker

Oliver Colvin
Clay Asplundh
Tommy Lupo           
Sports Editors

This college football season came to a very similar end as last years season did. The Clemson Tigers took on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship. However, there was a large change in outcome for both of the competitive teams. After 36 years the Clemson Tigers were able to once again claim the National Championship Title. Led by Heisman finalist quarterback Deshaun Watson.
 Clemson came out slow in the first quarter. The defense struggled to contain the Alabama Offense and was trailing by seven points early on after a Bo Scarbrough touchdown. Watson seemed hesitant to move with the Alabama Rushers due to the consistent high pressure.
 Scarbrough found the endzone for a second time with a 37 yard touchdown run to put Bama up early in the second. Clemson got something rolling in the second when Watson ran right inside the pylon for the Tigers first touchdown of the game. Going into half Alabama held onto a 14-7 lead over the Clemson Tigers is Raymond James Stadium.
 Alabama started off with a field goal in the third, but soon after Clemson found the end zone with a touchdown reception by wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. OJ Howard of the Crimson TIde found the end zone on a 68 yard pass play that shifted the momentum big time.
 It was the fourth quarter and the game was becoming nerve-racking for Clemson as Alabama held their commanding  24-14 lead. The quarter opened with a Tigers touchdown from NFL prospect Mike Williams, thus making it a 3 point game.
 Wayne Gallman of Clemson then plowed his way in for the Tigers to put them up 4 points late in the game. This was the first time all year that Alabama had trailed at any point in the fourth quarter. However Alabama did not accept defeat and the Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts ran in for a touchdown putting them ahead again by 3 points.
 The Tigers drove all the way back down the field and in the closing seconds quarterback Deshaun Watson found wide receiver Hunter Renfrow wide open in the front corner of the endzone to win them the CFP National Championship. This was the first time since 1981 that the Tigers were back on top and the best college team in the nation.

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