Clemson intercepts Tua Tagovailoa twice in first half of action-packed championship

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The Clemson Tigers came into Monday night's College Football Playoff National Championship with a shorter list of 2019 NFL Draft talents than their counterparts, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Clemson returns quarterback Trevor Lawrence, running back Travis Ettiene and receivesr Justyn Ross and Tee Higgins among others. He finished with 86 yards on 14 carries.

Clemson finishes 15-0, while Alabama ends its season 14-1.

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Here's a look at our final grades for Clemson football both offensively and defensively Monday night in the National Championship. During the 1985-1986 season, Holieway took over as starting quarterback after Troy Aikman's leg was broken.

Tagovailoa, the sophomore who came off the bench to win the championship game past year for the Tide, went 22 for 34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns. It was also just the seventh interception and second interception returned for a touchdown in Tagovailoa's career.

It was a historic season for Clemson, as according to ESPN, they were the first team to go undefeated and win the National Title, ever since the NCAA went to the playoff system five years ago. The 15-point halftime deficit was the largest the Tide has ever faced under Saban. "It's never been my goal", said Swinney, who now has as many titles as Hall of Famers Bobby Bowden and Joe Paterno. I am ready to move on to the next chapter in my life.

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