Clemson Vs. Alabama: A Recap of the Games Events
Clemson seized momentum on Alabama’s opening drive of the game when A.J. Terrell intercepted a Tua Tagovailoa pass and returned it 44 yards for a Clemson touchdown. Tagovailoa was able to shake off the interception and throw a 62 yard touchdown pass on the following drive to Jerry Juedy to tie the game at 7. A flurry of scoring continued by both teams with Clemson benefiting from another Tagovailoa interception that resulted in another 7 points for the Tigers. Alabama controlled the time of possession but Clemson controlled the energy and momentum for most of the first half. Clemson added a late field goal and led 31-16 at halftime.
Alabama received the second half kickoff and put together a long drive that ended with a failed fake field goal attempt near the Tiger 20 yard line. Clemson scored on their first drive of the second half with a 74 yard touchdown pass on 3rd and 12 from Trevor Lawrence to Justyn Ross. The extra point was missed giving the Tigers a 37-16 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. It was clear that the Tigers were focused on maintaining the momentum that they had established in the first half.
Alabama’s next drive came up short inside the Clemson 20 again when they failed to convert on a 4th and 4. Clemson then put together a long time consuming drive that ended in another touchdown pass. The 3rd quarter ended with Clemson comfortably ahead 44-16. Alabama was stopped on downs for a 3rd time in the second half when they failed to score on a 4th and goal from the Clemson 4 yard line. Clemson was able to end the game on an incredible 10 minute drive to cap one of the most decisive wins of the College Football Playoff era. Trevor Lawrence was named Offensive MVP with over 300 yards passing in the game. Trayvon Mullen was rightfully named defensive MVP.