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Clemson intercepts Tua Tagovailoa twice in first half of action-packed championship

11 January 2019
Clemson intercepts Tua Tagovailoa twice in first half of action-packed championship

After he threw the game-winning touchdown in relief in last season's national title game, Alabama handed the keys to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa this year, with great success. On Monday, the Tigers became the first college football team to win 15 games in a season since the 19th century.

Alabama's head coach, whose press conference rants often go viral, appeared much more appreciative than usual on Monday night. The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the No. 2 Clemson Tigers in the postseason for the fourth consecutive year.

Midway through the second quarter, with Clemson leading 21-16 and Alabama moving down the field again, Tagovailoa attempted another deep pass but missed badly, getting intercepted by junior defensive back Trayvon Mullen, who returned the ball 47 yards to set up another Clemson touchdown, putting the Tigers up 28-16.

These are largely considered the two best teams in college football, and oddsmakers expect a relatively close game.

Coaches and fans have long awaited the fall of the Saban dynasty in Tuscaloosa, and many were happy to see Clemson's rout of Alabama. They've played in the last four National Championship Games, going 2-2 in those games. With that, however, came the startling realization that a second superpower has emerged in college football, and the only thing that changed is that the "rest of ya'll" bus lost its flagship member.