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SportOrange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 'Bama for national title

07:05  08 january  2019
07:05  08 january  2019 Source:   ap.org

4 key storylines for Alabama vs. Clemson, Part IV

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Instead, Clemson crushed Alabama, becoming the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007. Clemson finished No . 1 in the AP poll for the third time. “Our goal is not to win a national championship. People don’t believe that.

In the fourth consecutive playoff meeting between the Tigers and Tide, Clemson evened the series and beat ‘ Bama for the national championship for the second time in three years. Clemson is the first college football team to finish 15-0 since the 1800s, and the first team since the playoff started five

Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 'Bama for national title© AP Photo/Ben Margot Clemson's Nyles Pinckney (44) reacts after stopping a fake field goal by Alabama during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- SANTA CLARA, Calif. (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.

BOX SCORE: CLEMSON 44, ALABAMA 16

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.

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Instead, Clemson crushed Alabama, becoming the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007. Clemson finished No . 1 in the AP poll for the third time. "Our goal is not to win a national championship. People don't believe that.

Instead, Clemson crushed Alabama, becoming the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007. Coach Dabo Swinney's Tigers sealed their status as a superpower, no longer just 1 A to Alabama's 1 . Two seasons ago it was Deshaun Watson dethroning

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.

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Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 'Bama for national title

Julio Jones on 'Bama blowout loss: Dabo Swinney was the better coach.
Julio Jones is a Nick Saban disciple. He’s Alabama Crimson Tide through and through, so his thoughts on the title game are not insignificant. Neither is the stark truth he laid out. Speaking with TMZ Sports, Jones said, “Dabo (Swinney) was just the better coach, and they were the better team.” That’s a heaping serving of hard truth there. But in no way is Jones wrong here. Swinney and his staff 100 percent out-coached Saban and Co. In fact, it wasn’t even close. The big play that stands out to everyone is the pathetic fake field goal that Clemson swallowed up.

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