Clemson topples No. 1 ‘Bama for national title

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Clemson's Tee Higgins (5) celebrates his touchdown catch during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and the No. 2 Tigers rolled No. 1 Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

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.

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, the Tigers 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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