Clemson takes home first national championship since 1981

Megan Robinson, co-editor

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It was a great night in Tampa for the Clemson tigers as they claimed a 35-31 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff national championship on Monday.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw a two-yard pass to receiver Hunter Renfrow that resulted in a game winning touchdown.

Clemson hadn’t won a national championship in 35 years, opposed to Alabama’s five wins. After last year’s upset against the Crimson Tide, redemption was on the minds of all the players.

Clemson trailed 31-28 in the last quarter and managed to retain the ball. The win didn’t come easy and was a hard fought battle that came down to the very last play with only 2 minutes left.

When asked about the dedication and determination of his team, Coach Dabo Swinney said “ I knew they wouldn’t quit,” according to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Swinney has a long history with Alabama, having played receiver for their 1992 championship team. He eventually became a graduate assistant and the receivers coach from 1996-2001.

Eight years ago, Swinney became head coach and transformed the Tiger’s football program by leading the team to an Orange Bowl victory and holding consecutive ranking in the Coaches Poll Top 10 in 2013.

This championship set the attendance record for Raymond James Stadium with over 74, 512 fans packing the stands, according to SEC Country.

The Clemson Tigers will be honored with a parade on January 14 beginning between 9 and 10 am in downtown Clemson, according to The Post and Courier.

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