Alabama defeats Ohio State for national college football title, ends season unbeaten

Alabama beat Ohio State, 52-24, for their third national championship in the college football playoff era.

In a season heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, Crimson Tide was able to win the first championship of 2021 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., And end their season unbeaten.

The victory makes it 14 straight wins for Alabama. The Crimson Tide has not lost since November 30, 2019 in the SEC Championship game.

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The first half of the game was devoted to Crimson Tide wide receiver Devonta Smith.

Smith had 12 catches for 215 yards with three touchdowns. He was missing Ohio State defenders left and right and was seemingly unstoppable.

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith celebrates after scoring against Ohio State in the first half of an NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, Jan.11, 2021, at Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

His night ended early when he injured his right hand during Alabama’s first practice in the third quarter. He left the game and did not return. He returned to the sideline at the end of the fourth quarter in a tracksuit and his hand completely bandaged.

Mac Jones has also created a game for the ages.

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Jones was 36 for 45 with 464 passing yards and five touchdown passes. He surpassed Joe Burrow’s national championship performance from last season. Burrow had 463 passing yards with five touchdown passes.

On the ground, Najee Harris had 79 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns. He also had seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Alabama wide receiver Slade Bolden, right, celebrates after scoring a touchdown with quarterback Mac Jones in the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game against the State from Ohio on Monday, January 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo / Chris O’Meara)

Slade Bolden hit a touchdown in the second half. It was his first college touchdown.

Ohio State fought hard all season, but just missed.

Justin Fields was beaten by the Crimson Tide defense all night. He finished 17-for-33 with 194 passing yards and a touchdown. He also led the team in the rush with 67 yards.

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Master Teague III rushed for 65 yards and two touchdowns. Trey Sermon left early in the game with a labrum injury. He was taken to hospital as a precaution and did not return.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields passes against Alabama in the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo / Chris O'Meara)

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields passes against Alabama in the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo / Chris O’Meara)

Buckeyes wide receiver Garrett Wilson hit the only touchdown. He finished with three catches for 50 yards. Chris Olave led Ohio State with eight catches for 69 yards.

The Buckeyes ended their season with a Big Ten Championship and loss.

Nick Saban’s legendary college football legacy only grows after victory. This is Saban’s seventh National Championship and sixth as Alabama’s head coach. He won one in the 2003 season with LSU and won his first with Alabama in 2009 after returning to college football after a stint with the Miami Dolphins.

Alabama won their first college football playoff-era national title in the 2015 season, beating Clemson, 45-40. The team beat Georgia in the only overtime game of the final, 26-23. This is their 18th title in the history of the school.

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The Crimson Tide is likely to lose a group of key players within the professional ranks. They will look to return to the title race in 2021.

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