No. 1 Alabama Falls to No. 2 Clemson in 2019 College
Football Playoff National Championship Game, 44-16
January 7, 2019
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The No. 1 Alabama football team
fell against No. 2 Clemson, 44-16, in the 2019 College
Football Playoff National Championship Game in Levi's
Stadium Monday night in Santa Clara, Calif. The
Crimson Tide ends the season at 14-1, while the
Tigers finish at 15-0.
Najee Harris takes the handoff from Tide quarterback,
Tua Tagovaioa in the CFP Championship game on January
7, 2019 in Santa Clara, CA.
Photo Credit - RollTide.com
Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa finished the
game 22-of-34 for 295 yards to go along with two
touchdowns and two interceptions. Sophomore wide
out Jerry Jeudy ended the contest with five catches
for 139 yards and a score.
On defense, sophomore defensive back Xavier McKinney
had seven tackles and a pass breakup, while junior
linebacker Mack Wilson and senior defensive end
Isaiah Buggs each had six tackles.
Alabama opened on defense, forcing Clemson into a
three-and-out. On the Tide's third offensive play,
Tagovailoa was picked off by A.J. Terrell who took
the ball 44 yards for a touchdown. Clemson led 7-0
with 13:20 on the first quarter clock.
Tagovailoa quickly bounced back with a 62-yard
touchdown strike to Jeudy to cap a three-play,
75-yard scoring drive. Redshirt freshman Joseph
Bulovas' extra point tied the game at 7-7 with
12:05 remaining in the opening quarter.
A minute and a half later the Tigers found the
end zone after connecting for a 62-yard
pitch-and-catch of their own before finishing off
the drive with a 17-yard rush from Travis Etienne
to take the 14-7 with 10:35 on the clock.
Alabama battled back by going on a methodical
10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, with Tagovailoa
finding senior tight end Hale Hentges wide open in
the back of the end zone for the one-yard score.
Bulovas' extra point was no good, giving the Tigers
a 14-13 advantage with 6:23 to go in the first.
Following a Clemson three-and-out, the Tide took
the 16-14 lead with 14:18 remaining in the second
quarter after Bulovas converted a 25-yard field goal
to cap an 11-play, 45-yard drive.
The Tigers answered by driving 65 yards in 11 plays,
capped by an Etienne one-yard run to put Clemson up
21-16 with 11:38 to go before halftime.
The Tigers got the ball back after Tagovailoa's
second interception was returned 46 yards to the
UA 47-yard line. Eight plays later, the Tigers found
the end zone for the fourth time in the half when
quarterback Trevor Lawrence linked up with Etienne
from five yards out to go up 28-16 with 4:38 left
before the halftime break.
The Tigers extended their lead to 31-16 and carried
the lead into the half after a 36-yard field goal
with 45 seconds to go.
In the first half, Alabama outgained Clemson 266-224
while controlling the ball for 19:26 of the first 30
minutes of action.
Alabama drove the ball down the field to begin the
second half but came up empty after a fake field
goal attempt failed. On the ensuing Clemson drive,
the Tigers connected for a 74-yard touchdown throw
to go up 37-16 with 8:26 left in the third quarter.
Later in the third, CU went on a 12-play, 89-yard
drive capped by a five-yard throw-and-catch to push the lead to 44-16 with 21 seconds in the quarter.
The two sides traded possessions in the final quarter,
with no further scoring.
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