Munich – The final of the college championship takes place without Trevor Lawrence. The quarterback superstar lost the Sugar Bowl with his Clemson Tigers somewhat surprisingly against the Ohio State Buckeyes with 28:49.
The designated number 1 pick Lawrence could not build on his performances from the regular season, although he threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns, but also made a fumble and an interception.
Compared to Justin Fields, however, played big, came to 385 yards and an incredible six touchdowns – even though the Ohio State playmaker injured his ribs after a hard hit from Clemson linebacker James Skalski towards the end of the second quarter. Skalski was taken out of the game because of targeting after the said play.
Not only Fields, but also the Buckeyes’ running game caused Clemson’s defense problems: Running back Trey Sermon alone ran 191 yards and a touchdown.
Alabama overtakes Notre Dame
In the final, Ohio State, which only played its seventh game of the season due to corona-related cancellations in the Sugar Bowl, meets the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Alabama gave the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the German defensive end Alexander Ehrensberger no real chance at 31:14 in the Rose Bowl.
Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith, who was the first receiver to be voted College Player of the Year before the game, caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Mac Jones. Both are also in the running for the Heisman Trophy. Her competitors are two quarterbacks: Florida’s Kyle Trask and Trevor Lawrence.
The highlight of the game, however, was the “hurdle play” by running back Najee Harris in the first quarter when he easily skipped Nick McCloud and thus decorated a 53-yard run.
Even NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson freaked out.
Alabama RB Najee Harris’ leap over the Notre Dame defender was the best play I’ve ever seen because that’s the first time I’ve seen a player jump over a defender standing straight up!!! 😱
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 1, 2021
Since the introduction of the final format in 2014, Alabama has reached the final for the fifth time, with the Crimson Tide taking the title in 2015 and 2017.
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