Alabama falls to Clemson in National Championship game
What a night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida where it was a national championship game for the ages. In the end though, the Alabama Crimson Tide come up that short against a DeShaun Watson led Clemson team that simply wouldn’t be denied.
An unfamiliar scene for Alabama. Walking off the field in disappointment as opposing teams confetti rained down. For Clemson fans, it was a night they waited on since 1981 and for Alabama, the heartache all too real.
“I will remember this team as a group of winners, great competitors, guys that showed tremendous resiliency,” said head coach Nick Saban.
While a former Crimson Tide player in Dabo Swinney celebrated his national championship win as head coach of the Clemson Tigers, current Tide players were left wondering what could have been.
“Clemson’s a great team and we knew it was going to be a tough game,” said Alabama’s OJ Howard. “Basically that’s just football. You gotta go out and play the full 60 minutes.”
And as Clemson celebrated long into the night, next up for several Alabama upperclassmen- the NFL Draft.
For Nick Saban and Alabama, the work never finishes. National Signing Day about a month away. They’re trying to lock down another top-5 recruiting class, but this one stings nonetheless.