Clemson takes down 44-16 Alabama in College Football Playoff national championship

Clemson takes down 44-16 Alabama in College Football Playoff national championship
Courtesy: Kyle Terada/USA Today Sports

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Alabama Crimson Tide football team is undefeated no more.

Clemson took down the defending national champions this evening in the College Football Playoff national championship game, 44-16.

Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa had his ups and downs under center throughout the game, completing 22-of-34 attempts for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

On the first drive of the game for the Crimson Tide, he threw a pick-six to give the Tigers an early lead, which Clemson would not surrender.

The two sides went back and forth in the first quarter, heading into the second with Clemson leading 14-13.

However, the Crimson Tide would only go on to score three more points over the duration of the game while Clemson scored 30 points to seal its second title in the last three seasons.

While Tagovailoa, a Hawaii native, struggled at times throwing the ball, his counterpart quarterback Trevor Lawrence put himself in the national spotlight as a true freshman.

Lawrence completed 20-of-32 attempts for a whooping 347 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

The loss marked Tagovailoa’s first career collegiate loss as a starter for the Crimson Tide.

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