Story by: Blake Slunaker, staff writer
With the final whistle of the National Title game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, the college football season has come to a close.
Clemson, the top ranked team in the country took on Alabama, the 2nd ranked team in the country in what many fans called the most exciting game of the year.
“I could not keep my eyes off of this game, definitely the best college game I have ever seen,” said Jimmy Campbell, 12.
Alabama ended up winning the game 45-40, despite being outplayed by Clemson for most of the game.Clemson gained 550 total yards on offense against a stout Alabama defense, while Alabama gained 473 yards. Clemson’s offense also gathered 31 first downs while Alabama could only muster 18.
While Clemson had seemingly beat Alabama in every aspect of the game, they could not avoid giving up big plays which hurt them badly. The Tigers’ defense allowed four touchdowns of 50 or more yards including a 95 yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The 95 yarder was a huge momentum swing in the Crimson Tide’s favor, and momentum in football is a bigger deal than most people realize.
The kickoff return put Alabama ahead 38-27, with all the momentum on their side with seven minutes and 31 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Clemson then scored a touchdown, but missed the two-point conversion, to make it 38-33 with four minutes and 41 seconds left in the fourth.
Clemson still had plenty of time to come back, until Alabama went on a three minute drive to score another touchdown to make it 45-33 with just over a minute left. Clemson scored one more touchdown to make it 45-40 with twelve seconds left, but it was too late as Alabama would go on to win.
The thrilling college football season came to a fitting end. Fans gathered to watch one last game of the season and it did not disappoint. Looking ahead, college football fans will have to wait seven long months before college football returns.