All week, Clemson players spoke about the pain of last year’s loss. This time would be all business, they said. There was a score to even, and they wanted to make history.
No. 2 Clemson (14-1) stood by those words Monday night, returning to the national championship stage for a rematch against No. 1 Alabama (14-1). This time, the Tigers ended the night by hoisting the playoff trophy following a 35-31 victory over the Tide as confetti rained down in Raymond James Stadium.
It was Alabama’s first defeat of the season and first loss to Clemson since 1905.
“That has to be one of the greatest games of all time, just absolutely incredible to have to take the...