But Clemson won the championship.
Deshaun Watson never won the Heisman Trophy but consistently told everyone who would listen he believed he was the best player in college football.
After leading Clemson back from a two-touchdown deficit and taking down the kings of college football to deliver the Tigers their first national title since 1981, no one is going to argue with him. Clemson beat Alabama 35-31 on Monday night in a game for the ages, and it was Watson’s 420 passing yards, 43 rushing yards and four total touchdowns (three passing) that ensured the Tigers won the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.
One year after putting up 478 yards on Alabama in a five-point loss, Watson calmly led the Tigers back and wore Alabama down with a performance that will cement his legacy as one of the greatest individual players in college football history. It was Deshaun and Dabo who handed Nick Saban his first loss in a national championship game and first loss in any type of title game (SEC, BCS or CFP) since the 2008 SEC Championship Game.
I’m not a fan of college football but that was a hell of a game. The “Crimson Tide” of Alabama were the reigning champs and were favored to win. Somebody forgot to tell the Clemson Tigers. The Tigers scored twice in the 4th quarter to take the lead, and then ‘Bama took the lead right back with just over two minutes to go. But with 1 second left on the clock Clemson scored again.
It was like November 8th all over again.