Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Trump invites Clemson back to the White House after title win

Trump invites Clemson back to the White House after title win

Tua Tagovailoa passed for 295 yards and two TD's but was intercepted twice, including a pick-six.

It was a triumphant night for the Clemson Tigers as they earned college football supremacy on Monday night, winning the National Championship game against the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide.

The much-hyped shootout turned into a blowout as Clemson led 31-16 at the half. And I know we're not supposed to be here - we're just little ol' Clemson, and I'm not supposed to be here. "But I also told the players that sometimes we learn more when things don't go well, when we lose". "Just didn't go the way we wanted to".

Clemson's national title is the program's second in three seasons.

After struggling on an injured ankle before getting pulled in the SEC championship game, Tagovailoa delivered a brilliant performance in the Orange Bowl semifinal game against Oklahoma, throwing for 318 yards and four TDs with only three incompletions.

Clemson hit Alabama with a 31-point first half, capitalizing on the Tide's mistakes and unleashing Lawrence's rocket arm.

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Not to be outdone, Alabama scored again, this time on a systematic 10-play drive that took four minutes - a quick drive by normal standards.

Swinney said after the game that God influenced the win, according to For The Win. "We had the ball down there three times and didn't score a point, didn't score a point".

Tagovailoa threw a second interception in the second quarter, this time into triple coverage, and Trayvon Mullen's 46-yard return put Clemson in Alabama territory.

With this game billed as a heavyweight rematch in the tradition of Ali-Frazier, the knockout blows might have been a 1-2 combination: Lawrence connected with Ross on a 74-yard scoring pass for a 37-16 lead in the third quarter three plays after Clemson easily sniffed out Alabama's fake field goal attempt on fourth-and-6 from the 22.

Tagovailoa, the sophomore who came off the bench to win the championship game previous year for the Tide, went 22 for 34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

"We had a great season, but five words: Good is not good enough", Tagovailoa said.

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