Clemson Overwhelms Alabama to Win Second National Championship in Three Years

Clemson trounces Alabama 44-16 winning College Football Playoff championship 

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But in the end, Alabama was just no match for Clemson. The Tigers trounced the Tide, winning the championship game 44-16.

Clemson was leading 21 to 16 at the start of the second quarter and 28 to 16 near the end of the quarter.

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In the third quarter, Clemson pulled ahead 37-16 with just over six minutes left in the quarter.

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence throws while being rushed by Alabama's Anfernee Jennings during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif.
Photo: Jeff Chiu/AP

Clemson running back Travis Etienne scored three touchdowns in the first half. Etienne ran for two scores and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Trevor Lawrence after Tua Tagovailoa’s second interception of the game.

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By the final quarter, the Tigers had pulled ahead 44-16.

The game marked the third time Alabama and Clemson met at the championship game, with Clemson winning the second CFP meet up 35-31.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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