DeVonta Smith was impossible to cover, Najee Harris unstoppable and Mac Jones impeccable. With a performance that was both surgical and explosive, the Alabama No.1 won the College Football Playoff 52-24 National Championship game against the Ohio State No.3 on Monday night.
The last game of a pandemic college football season, a season that could not be played in the summer and was disrupted in the fall, ended in the most predictable way: Alabama (13- 0) won the national championship title for the sixth time in twelve years under coach Nick Saban.
For Saban, it is the seventh title of his career, breaking the tie with the great Paul “Bear” Bryant of Alabama for the most by a coach of a great university.
Ohio State (7-1) couldn’t keep pace. Justin Fields, who played what may be his last game before entering the NFL, passed 194 yards and a touchdown. It’s hard to know for sure if Fields was 100 percent after taking a brutal blow to the side in his brilliant semi-final performance against Clemson.
In their first streak of play, the Buckeyes lost their star, running back Trey Sermon, to injury. In a match where they had to run at full speed, facing one of the biggest offensives in recent history, they stammered too much. Ohio State has never allowed so many points in a Bowl game.
Only some 15,000 fans were in attendance at Hard Rock Stadium, with a capacity of 65,326, to witness the last magnificent performance of DeVonta Smith’s college career.
The Heisman Trophy winner made 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half as the Crimson Tide took a 35-17 lead. He was named the offensive player of the league game.
Smith barely played in the second half, coming away with an injury. He returned to the sidelines in the fourth quarter, his left hand wrapped up to the wrist, two fingers glued together and wearing a Heisman mask.
Source`TheScore.com / AP