Clemson shocks Alabama to win National Championship, 44-16

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Behind an amazing offensive performance from the Clemson defense, the Tigers throttled the top-seeded Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night, 44-16.

True freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns in the victory.

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(AP) Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Clemson rolled No. 1 Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

In the fourth consecutive playoff meeting between the Tigers and Tide, Clemson evened the series and beat `Bama for the national title for the second time in three seasons. Clemson is the first team in the AP poll era, dating back to 1936, to finish 15-0.

Coach Nick Saban and the Tide (14-1) were looking for a sixth national championship in 10 years, trying to add to an already unprecedented run in the sport. Instead, Clemson crushed Alabama, becoming the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.