Dabo Swinney of Clemson Tigers cedes dynasty label to Alabama Crimson Tide
Jan 09 2019
The Tigers received all 61 first-place votes.
With their 44-16 dismantling of Alabama on Monday night, Clemson toppled one of the biggest dynasties in NCAA history - and made a little legacy of their own in the process. The two teams were meeting in the College Football Playoff for the fourth consecutive season. He finished 20-for-32 for 347 yards and three touchdowns in Clemson's upset Monday. Coach Dabo Swinney's squad beat Saban and Alabama (14-1) for the second time in three meetings in the CFP title game. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers in last year's semifinals before beating Georgia in the title game. And ahead of the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship, Drake lent his support to Alabama. Clemson is the first team in the AP poll era, dating back to 1936, to finish with a 15-0 record.
The 28-point loss was the worst a Nick Saban-coached Alabama team has ever suffered. Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa threw a second interception and was 22 of 34 for 295 yards with two first-quarter TDs, along with minus-9 yards rushing.