Clemson earned its place in the sport's history - becoming the first Division I/FBS team to finish 15‐0 since Penn in 1897 - with a convincing 44-16 win over No. 1 Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T on Monday night. Lawrence threw TD passes to Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross to help undefeated Clemson become the first team in the AP poll era starting in 1936 to win 15 games in a season. But tonight, there's no doubt. Prior to Monday, Alabama has never lost a game by more than 14 points since coach Nick Saban (lower right) arrived in 2007. The Clemson Tigers came into Levi's Stadium and demolished the Tide, first with a double-digit halftime lead, and then a dominating second half where they didn't allow them to score for the remainder of the game. Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa tossed a pair of interceptions a year after coming off the bench to guide the Crimson Tide to a national title over Georgia. "So the only thing we hadn't done again was win it all".
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