No. 1 Alabama beats No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 to reach title game

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (13) looks to pass, during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Oklahoma, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns and No. 1-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl.


The high-scoring Sooners (12-2) reached the postseason despite a porous defense that was no match for Alabama’s diverse attack, and the Crimson Tide led 28-0 after only 17 minutes.

Alabama will play Clemson in the Championship January 7th

Alabama (14-0) advanced to the national championship game for the fourth consecutive season and will play Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, California, against familiar foe Clemson, which beat Notre Dame 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl. Clemson, ranked No. 2, and Alabama will face off in the playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and have split two title games.

The Alabama vs Clemson National championship football game will be carried on 94.1 FM-ESPN in Texarkana.

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Tagovailoa completed 24 of 27 passes, with scores to four receivers.
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