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Joe Boozell | | January 8, 2019

Clemson dominates Alabama for second College Football Playoff title, third national championship

Clemson rolls Alabama for the CFP national title

Any national championship win is special, but what Clemson did on Monday night in Santa Clara was emphatic.

The Tigers dominated Alabama in all facets, winning by a final score of 44-16. Trevor Lawrence was magnificent all night long, finishing 20-for-32 for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Clemson’s national championship win was Dabo Swinney’s second at the school, and the Tigers’ second win over Alabama in four years. 


Scroll below for anything you may have missed from Clemson’s impressive victory at Levi’s Stadium.

Here were the semifinals:

Going into this year's College Football Playoff, three of the four programs in the semifinals have won titles since 2000. With the Tigers and the Tide winning, the two met for the fourth year in a row in the College Football Playoff (three times for the title, once in a semifinal).

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National Championship Game: History, scores

This is the fifth year of the College Football Playoff. Alabama is the only school to win more than once, with the Tide winning in 2015 and 2017. Before the CFP, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) had two teams meet for the BCS title.

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College Football Playoff era

Year Winning team Score Losing team Location
2018 Alabama 26-23 Georgia Mercedes-Benz Stadium,
2017 Clemson 35-31 Alabama Raymond James Stadium,
Tampa, Fla.
2016 Alabama 45-40 Clemson University of Phoenix Stadium,
Glendale, Ariz.
2015 Ohio State 42-20 Oregon AT&T Stadium,
Arlington, Texas

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BCS era

Year Winning team Score Losing team Location
2014 Florida State 34-31 Auburn Rose Bowl,
Pasadena, Calif.
2013 Alabama 42-14 Notre Dame Sun Life Stadium,
Miami Gardens, Fla.
2012 Alabama 21-0 LSU Mercedes-Benz Superdome,
New Orleans
2011 Auburn 22-19 Oregon University of Phoenix Stadium,
Glendale, Ariz.
2010 Alabama 37-21 Texas Rose Bowl,
Pasadena, Cali.
2009 Florida 24-14 Oklahoma Dolphin Stadium,
Miami Gardena, Fla.
2008 LSU 38-24 Ohio State Louisiana Superdome,
New Orleans
2007 Florida 41-14 Ohio State University of Phoenix Stadium,
Glendale, Ariz.
2006 Texas 41-38 Southern California Rose Bowl,
Pasadena, Calif.
2005 Southern California* 55-19 Oklahoma Pro Player Stadium,
Miami Gardena, Fla.
2004 LSU 21-14 Oklahoma Louisiana Superdome,
New Orleans
2003 Ohio State 31-24 (OT) Miami Sun Devil Stadium,
Tempe, Fla.
2002 Miami 37-14 Nebraska Rose Bowl,
Pasadena, Calif.
2001 Oklahoma 13-2 Florida State Pro Player Stadium,
Miami Gardens, Fla.
2000 Florida State 46-29 Virginia Tech Louisiana Superdome,
New Orleans
1999 Tennessee 23-16 Florida State Sun Devil Stadium,
Tempe, Fla.


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