Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • ALA 473
    • 550 CLEM
  • Turnovers

    • ALA 0
    • 1 CLEM
  • Possession

    29:11 29:52
  • 1st Downs

    • ALA 18
    • 31 CLEM

Game Information

University of Phoenix Stadium
Coverage: ESPN
  • Glendale, AZ
  • Line: ALA -6.5
  • Over/Under: 51
Attendance: 75,765
Capacity: 65,000
1/12/2016 Associated Press

Bama beats Clemson for 4th title in 7 seasons

No. 2 Alabama won its fourth national title in the past seven seasons by outlasting the dynamic play of Deshaun Watson and No. 1 Clemson in a 45-40 victory Monday night.

Scoring Summary

first QuarterALACLEM
Derrick Henry 50 Yd Run (Adam Griffith Kick)
3 plays, 59 yards, 0:55
Derrick Henry 50 Yd Run (Adam Griffith Kick) (1:20)

Derrick Henry run for 50 yds for a TD (Adam Griffith KICK) (1:20)

Hunter Renfrow 31 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel Kick)
6 plays, 54 yards, 2:37
Clemson answers back in style (0:50)

Deshaun Watson connects with Hunter Renfrow on a 31-yard touchdown pass to even the score at 7 with Alabama. (0:50)

Hunter Renfrow 11 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel Kick)
7 plays, 73 yards, 2:17
Watson connects with Renfrow again (0:29)

Deshaun Watson finds a diving Hunter Renfrow for another touchdown pass to give Clemson the 14-7 lead. (0:29)

second QuarterALACLEM
Derrick Henry 1 Yd Run (Adam Griffith Kick)
7 plays, 42 yards, 2:23
Henry dives in for his second touchdown (0:46)

Derrick Henry gets the handoff and dives over the Clemson defense for the tying score. (0:46)

third QuarterALACLEM
O.J. Howard 53 Yd pass from Jake Coker (Adam Griffith Kick)
3 plays, 64 yards, 0:53
Coker finds wide-open Howard for go-ahead score (1:50)

O.J. Howard picks a good time for his first touchdown of the season as he catches the pass from Jake Coker and goes 53 yards to put Alabama up 21-14. (1:50)

Greg Huegel 37 Yd Field Goal
9 plays, 55 yards, 2:43
G. Huegel 37 yd FG GOOD (0:13)

Greg Huegel 37 yd FG GOOD (0:13)

Wayne Gallman 1 Yd Run (Greg Huegel Kick)
9 plays, 60 yards, 3:38
Gallman punches it in for go-ahead score (1:08)

Wayne Gallman gets the ball and smashes through for the short touchdown run to put Clemson up 24-21. (1:08)

fourth QuarterALACLEM
Adam Griffith 33 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 64 yards, 2:33
A. Griffith 33 yd FG GOOD (0:20)

Adam Griffith 33 yd FG GOOD (0:20)

O.J. Howard 51 Yd pass from Jake Coker (Adam Griffith Kick)
2 plays, 50 yards, 0:49
Coker connects with Howard again to give Alabama the lead (1:21)

Jake Coker goes deep to O.J. Howard, who makes the most of the opportunity with a 51-yard touchdown catch. (1:21)

Greg Huegel 31 Yd Field Goal
6 plays, 61 yards, 1:58
G. Huegel 31 yd FG GOOD (0:23)

Greg Huegel 31 yd FG GOOD (0:23)

Kenyan Drake 95 Yd Kickoff Return (Adam Griffith Kick)
0 plays, 0 yards, 0:16
Alabama's Drake takes it 95 yards to the house (1:29)

Alabama's Kenyan Drake reacts to Clemson's field goal by running the kickoff back 95 yards for the touchdown. (1:29)

Artavis Scott 15 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed)
8 plays, 75 yards, 2:51
Watson connects with Scott for the TD (0:30)

Deshaun Watson finds Artavis Scott for the 15-yard touchdown. A failed two-point conversion leaves the score at 38-33 in favor of Alabama. (0:30)

Derrick Henry 1 Yd Run (Adam Griffith Kick)
8 plays, 75 yards, 3:33
Henry's second effort leads to his third TD (2:01)

Derrick Henry appears to get stuffed at the line by the Clemson defense, but the Alabama running back perseveres and gets the ball into the end zone, giving the Crimson Tide a 45-33 lead. (2:01)

Jordan Leggett 24 Yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel Kick)
6 plays, 68 yards, 0:55
Clemson not going away quietly (0:36)

Deshaun Watson throws to Jordan Leggett, who hauls in the pass for the 24-yard touchdown to make it 45-40 in favor of Alabama. (0:36)

Research Notes

  • Alabama's special teams took advantage of Clemson's 123rd-ranked special teams, according to ESPN's efficiency ratings Monday, adding almost seven expected points to the final score margin. The Crimson Tide scored a kickoff return for a touchdown - their sixth special-teams touchdown of the season (tied for most in the FBS) - blocked a field goal and recovered a game-changing onside kick.

  • O.J. Howard gained 143 of his career-high 208 receiving yards after the catch. That is the third-most yards after the catch among Power 5 players this season and the most yards after the catch by a Power-5 tight end in the last five seasons.

  • Deshaun Watson gained a career-high 49 yards on scramble runs Monday, which was also the most Alabama has given up this season. Watson achieved a first down - four by passing and four by rushing - on 8-of-17 plays when he scrambled, three more than any other game in his career.

  • Jake Coker completed 7-of-9 passes for a career-high 211 yards and a touchdown after a play action Monday, including a 63-yard completion to O.J. Howard in the Crimson Tide's last pass play of the game that set up their final touchdown.

  • Deshaun Watson's 93.7 Total QBR is the highest for a losing quarterback in a championship game since 2004.

  • Jake Coker threw for a career-high 335 yards Monday, besting his previous high of 286 yards in the national semifinal against Michigan State. His 253 passing yards in the second half would have been his third-highest total for a game in his career.Coker averaged 21.1 yards per attempt in the second half, highest for any quarterback in any half in the FBS this season (min. 10 att).

  • Jake Coker had a 92.4 Total QBR in the CFP Championship, a 91.7 Total QBR in the Cotton Bowl and a 92.7 in the SEC Championship game. He is the third player in the last 10 seasons to have a Total QBR of 90 in three postseason (conference championship or bowl game) games, joining South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Stanford's Kevin Hogan. Shaw and Coker are the only ones to do it in consecutive games.

  • This is Alabama's 12th victory against an FBS team that finished with a winning record, most in FBS history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

  • 40 combined points in the 4th quarter is the most in a quarter championship game history (previous record: 32 in 4th quarter of Texas-USC in 2005).

  • Jake Coker was 5-of-5 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns when targeting O.J. Howard. Entering the game, Coker had targeted Howard 40 times with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

  • Deshaun Watson's 405 Pass yds is the most in National Championship Game history, breaking Matt Leinart's record of 365 yards. Each of the three highest passing totals in championship games have come in losses.Jake Coker's 335 Pass yds is 5th in National Championship Game history.

  • Alabama's O.J. Howard (208 Rec yds) is the first player in national championship game history to have over 200 yards receiving.

  • Kenyan Drake's kick return touchdown is the 3rd kick return TD in national title game history (2006 - Ted Ginn OSU, 2013 - Kermit Whitfield FSU).It's Alabama's first kick return TD in a game since Week 1 of 2013 against Virginia Tech (Christion Jones).

  • Kenyan Drake's kickoff return for a touchdown is Alabama's sixth special teams touchdown this season, tied with Tennessee for the most in FBS.

  • Derrick Henry (ALA): 3rd player to rush for 100 yards and 2 TD in a half during the national championship game.The last 2 players to accomplish the feat (Ezekiel Elliott in 2014 and Vince Young in 2005) went on to win the game's Offensive MVP award.

  • Hunter Renfrow (CLEM): 2 Rec TD in the first quarter; he's the first player with 2 Rec TD in a quarter in a national championship game since Steve Smith did it for USC against Oklahoma in the 2nd quarter of the 2005 Orange Bowl (2004 season).


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