On 2nd & goal, Watson targeted Mike Williams, who was tripped in the end zone. Wayne Gallman scored the go-ahead touchdown. They had the knowledge that they’d come close against Bama the last time. But a Watson touchdown fade to Mike Williams a minute into the fourth made it 24-21, officially making the National Championship a see-saw and setting it up for the finish of the year and beyond. Student-Athletes. And they had one thing Bama didn’t: a legitimate underdog mindset, fueled by the agony of a narrow miss a year ago. They’ll enter the season on a one-game losing hiccup instead of a 27-game winning streak, with a Week 1 meeting against Florida State. Alabama had an arm’s-length lead for the first half and change. They’ve signed the country’s top-rated recruiting class for six years in a row. It probably won’t take long for the Tide to roll in this game again. Alabama's defense was ranked first in the nation in points allowed (11.8) and yards per game (248). [13] Clemson's cornerback Cordrea Tankersley and defensive end Christian Wilkins were First-team All-Americans with USA Today and the Football Writers Association (FWAA), respectively.[14]. The game was played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, on January 9, 2017. Clemson Tigers Schedule 2017. 3 winners and 4 losers from an unpredictable Week 8 in the NFL. When Dmitri Young sacrificed a place in MLB history to help one of the worst teams ever, Most players never hit for the cycle, but nobody else ever didn’t hit for the cycle quite like Dmitri Young, Alabama vs. Clemson, Playoff National Championship 2017: Tigers win The Rematch, New Dallas pick’s 10th grade photo had Kirk Cousins feeling slim, 2007: The inside story of the greatest CFB season ever, The all-time ‘consensus’ national championships list, The evolutionary history of option football. It was about an ultra-talented team that pulled together and figured out how to slay the sport’s scariest dragon, on the grandest stage of all of them. Clemson Tigers QB Trevor Lawrence no longer Heisman Trophy favorite. [22], Watson, who went 36-for-56 (64%) on pass attempts for 420 yards with three passing touchdowns, and ran for 43 yards and one rushing touchdown, was named the game's Offensive Most Valuable Player. View the 2017 Clemson football schedule at FBSchedules.com. The Tigers had perhaps the country’s best player in Watson. [5] It also was the first CFP championship game to be played outdoors as Raymond James Stadium does not have a retractable roof. Clemson cut the lead to three with seven minutes left in the third quarter after Watson found Hunter Renfrow over the middle for a 24-yard touchdown pass. The Tide led, 14-0, after two Bo Scarbrough touchdown runs in the first half, forcing Watson and Clemson’s offense to play catchup. Obviously, it wasn’t. [11], Alabama had four AP First-Team All-Americans on its roster and entered the game as a 6.5-point favorite over Clemson.[12]. ESPN reported that the game set records in online streaming with a 710,000 average audience, 2.41 million unique viewers, and 182.5 million overall minutes watched. [21] After Clemson recovered an onside kick attempting to run out the clock, the game ended with a kneel-down and Clemson won the National Championship Game. Everyone else should still be scared. [17] After an injury to Scarbrough, the Tide came out and scored on a 68-yard pass from Jalen Hurts to O. J. Howard on the next play; this put Alabama back up by ten points with 1:53 left in the third quarter, which ended with Alabama leading Clemson, 24–14. They beat Alabama in a thrilling National Championship on Monday night in Tampa, 35-31. College Football Playoff National Championship, Clemson vs. Alabama 2017 final score: Tigers stun Tide to win The Rematch, Soccer match ruined when AI-controlled camera mistakes ref’s bald head for ball, Bears-Saints fight erupted after Javon Wims threw a helmet punch.