“No.2 Alabama Holds off No. 1 Clemson for Nick Saban’s National Title”

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Derrick Henry, O.J. Howard, Kenyan Drake, hit No. 1 Clemson with long touchdowns, and No. 2 Alabama outlasted the dynamic play Deshaun Watson to win the College Football Playoff championship 40-45 on Monday night at University Phoenix Stadium, stated espn.go.com.

Monday night against a 14-0 Clemson team, Saban’s Tide found themselves trailing at the start of the fourth quarter, their defense exhausted from chasing around a precocious finalist (Deshaun Watson) and their own quarterback frequently buried on the wrong end of a sack. To win a fifth ring, Saban would have to make the most audacious call for his career, reported foxsports.com.

Coker, who threw for 335 yards on 16-of-25 passing against Clemson, became the sixth player of seven years to win college football’s national championship as a  first-year starting quarterback. The others: Cardale Jones, Jameis Winston, AJ McCarron, Cam Newton, and Greg McElroy, stated cbssports.com

The classically conservative Tide ran multiple reverses and broke a fourth-quarter tie with a surprise, pop-fly onside kick that set up a 51-yard TD pass from Jake Coker to Howard. The Crimson Tide took a 31-24 lead and never trailed again, despite a frantic, final effort from Clemson, stated espn.go.com.