Clemson pulled off an upset 35-31 victory over arch-rival Alabama in the college football National Championship game Monday night in Tampa.
The two teams faced off for the championship for the second consecutive year but the Clemson Tigers managed to hand Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide their first loss of the season.
Alabama took an early 7-0 lead over the Tigers, attempting to do what no FBS school has done in the 80 years of the poll era: win five national championships in eight seasons.
The Tigers took their first lead of
Last January, it was Alabama that was celebrating after a 45-40 victory over Clemson in the 2016 national championship game from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
Who’s laughing now (aside from Lane Kiffin)?
See the celebratory — and sometimes gloating — tweets below.
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) January 10, 2017
Deshaun Watson oozes respectability, class. Good passer, terrific weapon. Going to invigorate an NFL fan base soon. Happy for him. #Clemson
— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) January 10, 2017
— Will Packer (@willpowerpacker) January 10, 2017
— Antwoin Corderious (@TheREALTwoin) January 10, 2017
— patrick d. starr (@PatDStat) January 10, 2017
Clemson's ability to hang in there after nearly getting KOd early is the ultimate example.of why coaches tell players, "just keep playing."
— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) January 10, 2017
Justin is happy. His Clemson Tigers came home with the Championship What a game! pic.twitter.com/ia72dacjzO
— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) January 10, 2017
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) January 10, 2017
Clemson just played a pretty lousy football game and still beat Saban. Saint Nick? Ain't Nick.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) January 10, 2017
thank you lane!! moneyline +215 clemson!!!!!
— daniel tosh (@danieltosh) January 10, 2017
I blame Lane Kiffin going down to South Beach and partying w/ Grayson Allen for 'Bama's loss. (I'm so tired right now, things a bit hazy)
— Andrew Perloff (@andrewperloff) January 10, 2017
Congratulations to Lane Kiffin for an undefeated season. #NationalChampionship
— Steve Helwick (@s_helwick) January 10, 2017