2017 College Football Playoff National Championship
Monday, January 9, 2017 | 8 p.m. ET
Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, Florida
FINAL SCORE: Clemson 35, Alabama 31 – Box Score
An unprecedented national championship game rematch, the Clemson Tigers claimed the program’s first national title in 35 years, defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-31, in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.
Heisman finalist and junior quarterback Deshaun Watson broke his own passing record in a national championship game with 420 yards. Watson was responsible for four touchdowns, including two in the fourth quarter, and was named Offensive Player of the Game.
Clemson’s defense, helped by Defensive Player of the Game Ben Boulware, held Alabama’s offense to a season-low 376 yards, and a 2-of-15 performance on third downs.
After rallying from an early 14-0 deficit, it was Clemson’s offense that prevailed, putting up 21 points in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands three times in the fourth, with Clemson scoring the game-winning touchdown with one second left in the game.
The Clemson Tigers celebrated the program’s first national title since 1981, snapping Alabama’s 26-game win streak in the process.