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

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The Tigers got plenty of them from start to finish.

With Clemson and Alabama the obvious favorites in 2019, which teams have the best shot at dethroning the Tide and Tigers to summit the college football mountain?

It began nearly immediately as Terrell stepped in front of Tagovailoa's throw and ran untouched into the end zone to put Alabama on its heels, down 7-0.

How historic was the Crimson Tide's loss? Lawrence threw TD passes to Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross to help undefeated Clemson become the first team in the AP poll era starting in 1936 to win 15 games in a season.

In the second half, the 6-foot-4 freshman Ross and the Tigers defense took over.

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Though Ohio State fans would gladly remind you that the Buckeyes put up 62 points in a 23-point win in November. The 34-year-old Washington is a Columbus native whose father played linebacker for the Buckeyes.

It's now Alabama, Clemson, and the rest of ya'll.

Alabama will be back, but Clemson will nearly certainly be there waiting for them. He finished with 86 yards on 14 carries.

Lawrence, a freshman, was supposed to be rattled by Alabama's fearsome defensive front. It was also just the seventh interception and second interception returned for a touchdown in Tagovailoa's career. He was named the offensive player of the game.

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.