By Jack Taylor
The 2016 College Football season is officially over and once again it left us speechless. The Clemson Tigers defeated the seemingly unstoppable Alabama Crimson Tide in a revenge game from last year’s championship.
With six seconds left to go and Clemson on the two yard line, quarterback Deshaun Watson shifted to the right and threw to wide receiver Hunter Renfrow on the outside for the game winning touchdown with two seconds left to go.
It was that kind of game.
Alabama drew first blood as power back Bo Scarbrough put the Crimson Tide up by a touchdown to start the game. It was back and forth throughout but Alabama had the lead for the majority of the game.
After a huge defensive stop though, Clemson got the ball back with just under six minutes left to go only down by three. Clemson got the touchdown and the momentum suddenly shifted to the Tigers. But, the undefeated Tide were not giving up just yet. After converting a fourth down and trick play to set up good field position, freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts ran up the middle for a 30 yard touchdown to give Alabama the lead back.
Now it was time for Clemson to make some magic happen with two minutes left to go in the fourth quarter. They marched the ball down the field, called a timeout inside the 10 yard line and, well, we covered the rest in our opening paragraph.
Heading into the big game, Alabama was favored to win due to the undefeated season, but people around the nation had a feeling that Clemson would get there revenge.
The Tide’s defense gave the offense a few chances they could have taken advantage of, but struggles from Jalen Hurts and the early departure of Bo Scarbrough due to a broken right leg held back the Tide from securing a comfortable lead.
Ultimately, you have to give credit to Clemson for staying in the game even though not being able to secure lead for most of the contest. But Deshaun Watson gave the fans another career defining game having over 400 scrimmage yards and throwing for multiple touchdowns. Watson’s next journey is preparing for the NFL draft.