SANTA CLARA, CA (WCSC/AP) - The Clemson Tigers are heading home as National Champions.
In Monday night’s big match up, the Tigers defeated Alabama’s Crimson Tide 44-16.
Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney held a news conference Tuesday on the Tigers' win, their third claimed national title and its first since 2016, which also came against Alabama. Swinney said Clemson is not quite a dynasty just yet.
"I don't think that we went into the game thinking we were going to beat Alabama by four touchdowns. It just kind of went that way, it was our night, and we got control of the game," Swinney said. "I've been on both sides of it. Sometimes when you get momentum rolling like we were able to get it, and just the energy, all channeled in the right direction, it can kind of be insurmountable."
“It’s just been amazing, definitely made the right choice coming to Clemson."” Offensive MVP Trevor Lawrence said. “Anyone out there that has any doubt about Clemson and what they say, it’s all true. Just real family, the way we play for each other, the way these coaches love the players, and just everyone is special.”
With a dominating victory over Alabama, Clemson becomes the first 15-0 champion in the history of the Football Bowl Subdivision and makes its bid to be remembered as one of the best teams ever.
After surviving a couple of close calls early in the season, the Tigers romped past Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl and handed Nick Saban the worst loss of the Alabama coaching career with a 44-16 blowout in the national championship game.
Clemson’s defense locked down Alabama in the second half and helped carry the No. 2 Tigers to a 44-16 win in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Clemson announced plans for its National Championship parade and stadium celebration.
The parade will be held Saturday in Clemson at the intersection of College Avenue and Keith Street beginning at 9 a.m. The parade will end east of Memorial Stadium where the stadium celebration is set to kick off at 10:30 a.m.