The Clemson Tigers avenged last season’s national title game loss to Alabama with an incredible comeback in Tampa on Monday night.
Last year, Alabama spoiled Clemson’s bid to become the first 15-0 team of the College Football Playoff era with an impressive 45-40 victory. This year, the Tigers turned the tables, ending their 35-year title drought, 35-31.
Deshaun Watson found Hunter Renfrow for a two-yard touchdown with one second remaining in the fourth quarter to seal the deal for the Tigers. Clemson, which trailed 14-0 early in the contest, needed 21 fourth quarter points to emerge victorious.
Here’s the deciding play. Clemson actually kicked an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and recovered it. Watson took a knee to officially end it.
Renfrow’s score gave Clemson its first national championship since 1981. It’s the second overall for the program.
Clemson’s final drive came after Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts scored on a 30-yard run to give his team a 31-28 lead.
Watson, who is almost certainly now headed to the NFL Draft, finished 36-of-56 for 420 yards with three touchdowns. Mike Williams also had a huge game for the Tigers, finishing with eight receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Hurts, meanwhile, struggled much of the contest. He finished 13-of-31 for 131 yards and a score. He also rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown.