No. 2 Clemson uses big moments to topple top-ranked Alabama


The Crimson Tide were defeated handily by Clemson in the College Football Playoff title game, but WJOX-94.5 FM in Birmingham ran a pre-recorded commercial from a Hoover-based Academy Sports + Outdoors store advertising Alabama national championship gear.

One Alabama radio station got a little ahead of itself late Monday night.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is on top of the football world after he led the second-ranked Tigers to a 44-16 win over the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday in the national championship game.

The two teams exchanged blows early with Clemson holding a 14-13 lead after the first quarter, but it was all Tigers after that. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers in last year's semifinals before beating Georgia in the title game.

Clemson receiver, Justyn Ross, had six receptions, 153 yards, and a touchdown. The Tigers got plenty of them from start to finish.

These are largely considered the two best teams in college football, and oddsmakers expect a relatively close game. Now it will be Alabama going after them, looking for revenge.

Coaches and fans have long awaited the fall of the Saban dynasty in Tuscaloosa, and many were happy to see Clemson's rout of Alabama. Clemson was second in total defense, Alabama was 13th.

Clemson is the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007.