College Football Playoff: Alabama Tops Clemson to Reach Title Game

After Alabama gathering to a initial down during a Clemson 1-yard line, Payne re-entered a diversion — presumably to supplement another large physique for restraint purposes. That seemed to be what Clemson believed, and a Tigers bit tough when Hurts calculated a handoff.

Payne slipped open nearby a right pylon and hauled in a touchdown pass, sparking celebration, and some relief, among a Crimson Tide fans in a crowd.


Alabama linebacker Mack Wilson scoring past Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant after an interception.

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Clemson was entirely discouraged after a subsequent descent play. Quarterback Kelly Bryant’s pass deflected off a hands of Deon Cain and was intercepted by linebacker Mack Wilson, who returned it 18 yards for another touchdown.

Just like that, Alabama had a 24-6 lead it would not relinquish.

The Crimson Tide and a Tigers had met in a inhabitant championship diversion a past dual seasons, with Alabama winning dual years ago and Clemson holding a pretension final year.

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“These guys have worked tough for a prolonged time to get behind in this position since of what happened to us final year when we got here, so now we’ve got to concentration on perplexing to finish,” Saban pronounced in a postgame radio interview.

Alabama, that was a rather argumentative choice for a playoff semifinals, will face utterly a exam from a offense of No. 3 Georgia, that racked adult 527 sum yards of offense in a 54-48 victory conflicting No. 2 Oklahoma progressing Monday.

Alabama will be personification for a 16th inhabitant championship; Georgia final won a inhabitant pretension in a 1980 season. The teams play in conflicting groups in a SEC and did not play any other in a unchanging season.

Georgia’s campus in Athens is about 75 miles from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Alabama’s home in Tuscaloosa is also usually about 200 miles divided from a site of subsequent week’s game.

The teams are tighten in other ways. Georgia Coach Kirby Smart was a longtime defensive coordinator underneath Saban during Alabama.


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“I’m unapproachable of a pursuit Kirby’s finished there,” Saban pronounced in an talk promote on ESPN after a game. “They’ve got a good football team, so it will be a severe diversion for us. We’ll suffer this for a small bit, though afterwards we’ve got to get prepared for that one flattering quick.”

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