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Photos: Clemson clinches top college football title in historic win over Alabama

Tue Jan 10 10:12:39 EST 2017 | PBS
Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates with linebacker Shaq Smith (5) during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Photo by John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports The Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in a 35-31 turnaround victory to win its first NCAA College Football National Championship in three decades. Fireworks go off during the National Anthem prior to the ..


Deshaun Watson did it. Clemson did it, too. Watson did it. He provided that Vince Young-like moment everybody was waiting for and knocked off the defending national champion on the..
TAMPA, Fla. — If there’s one life lesson Alabama true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts doesn’t need taught, then it’s to make eye contact when speaking with others. During his hour..
TAMPA, Fla. — The easy-to-spot-comparisons between Clemson’s Deshaun Watson and former Texas legend Vince Young heading into the College Football Playoff National Championship..
The Crimson Tide were rolling toward a second consecutive national championship Monday before the momentum shifted in the fourth quarter. And it certainly didn’t help that Alabama ..
The Alabama Crimson Tide had the Clemson Tigers right where they wanted them, taking a 14-point lead into the fourth quarter of Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship..
The Clemson Tigers took a late lead over the Alabama Crimson Tide with a Deshaun Watson touchdown pass with just seconds remaining, giving the Tigers a 35–31 lead after the extra p..
Clemson probably can’t run the ball effectively against Alabama. So in Monday’s National Championship (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), the Tigers will have to throw it. Clemson’s running game is..
It’s already 2017, but the College Football Playoff championship game between Clemson and Alabama, a repeat from a year ago, is a fitting conclusion to the 2016 season in Division ..
Bo Scarbrough missed the end of Monday night's national championship game because of a broken bone in his lower right leg, Alabama confirmed Tuesday. Alabama's star running back wa..
Seeing the University of Alabama face off against Clemson University in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday could be one of those sporting experiences a diehard f..
TAMPA, Fla. — Nick Saban addressed the media for the last time before No. 1 Alabama’s matchup against No. 2 Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Su..
The biggest bowl rematch in college football history is upon us and we couldn't be more excited. No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Clemson face off at 8 tonight on ESPN, and hopefully t..
TAMPA, Fla. — Deshaun Watson threw a two-yard touchdown to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining to give No. 2 Clemson a thrilling 34-31 victory against No. 1 Alabama in the Col..
The College Football Playoff national championship between Alabama and Clemson is upon us. With all phases of the game dissected over the past week, it is now time t..
TAMPA — Deshaun Watson had been battling Alabama for a collective 117 minutes and 53 seconds over two meetings, and yet again, his team was behind. Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts had..
No. 1 Alabama (14-0) meets No. 2 Clemson (13-1) in the third College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Monday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Crimson Tide ..
The Clemson Tigers are national champions, thanks to a late Deshaun Watson touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow.  Clemson took a 35–31 lead with just one second remaining aft..
They weren’t supposed to win, and waited 55 minutes before taking their first lead, but the Clemson Tigers got it done in a rematch against the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the nati..
Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen #93 of the Alabama Crimson Tide attempts to tackle running back Wayne Gallman #9 of the Clemson Tigers during the second half of the 2017 College F..
Clemson has another huge void to fill on offense, as wide receiver Mike Williams has declared for the NFL Draft, as expected. Williams, projected by most to be the first wideout se..
TAMPA — As a taut national title game see-sawed into the fourth quarter for the second consecutive year, so much felt the same for Clemson. There was star junior quarterback Deshau..
Tampa Bay Times staff writers offer up their predictions for tonight's College Football Playoff national championship game between Alabama and Clemson. Clemson, 21-20: If there's a..
TAMPA, Fla. — No. 2 Clemson’s 35-31 victory against No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship game tells an incredible story. Not a viral story. Not ..
Dabo Swinney, much like President-elect Donald Trump, has issues with some members of the media. Clemson's national-title winning coach used his postgame news conference instead of..
TAMPA — Monday night's College Football Playoff national title game was the rare sequel that surpassed the original. Last year's Alabama-Clemson showdown was great. This one, befor..
TAMPA, Fla. -- In order to win this one, Clemson couldn't forget the last one. There is a video of quarterback Deshaun Watson walking off the field in Arizona following last year's..
Alabama and Clemson battled it out in the college football National Championship game for the second consecutive year on Monday night. Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide took an early ..
It was there for the taking. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts had given the Crimson Tide a 31-28 lead over Clemson with just over two minutes remaining in Monday's College Football ..
Clemson is clearly the underdog heading into Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game against Alabama. And Tigers coach Dabo Swinney is using that as motivation, w..
There are few better ways to release unbridled joy after hours of tension than with dance moves, and after a nail-biter of a College Football Playoff championship game, Clemson def..
Clemson’s Deshaun Watson remembers watching Texas’ Vince Young win the 2006 Rose Bowl against USC. Watson described that feeling the day after leading the Tigers to a 35-31 victory..
It was going to take a heroic performance to topple the Alabama dynasty in this year’s college football national championship game. And that’s exactly what Clemson got from Deshaun..
The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game is set to be a game for ages with Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney set to square off again. After more than a month of waiti..
Alabama struck first against Clemson on its second offensive possession of the game to take an early 7-0 lead. Bama running back Bo Scarbrough took the ball around the left side an..
Will Alabama cap off a perfect season with yet another national title under Nick Saban? Or can Clemson turn back the mighty Crimson Tide and avenge last year's College Football Pla..