Clemson beats Alabama to win 2017 National Championship game 35-31

Clemson players hold up their helmets before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The 2017 National Championship at Raymond James Stadium in officially underway.

Alabama squares off against Clemson in a rematch of the 2016 Championship game, a first for college football.

College Football Hall of Fame inductees Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier conducted the coin toss.

Clemson won the coin toss and deffered the ball until the second half.


After an intense back-and-forth game, Clemson has officially bested Alabama 35-31 to win the 2017 National Championship game.

4th Quarter:

Alabama begins the final quarter of the game up 24-14 on the Tigers.

Clemson gets into the end zone quickly in the fourth.  Extra point is good and the Tigers trail 24-21.

A record number for Raymond James Stadium tonight: 74,512 fans are in attendance for the 2017 National Championship game.

Clemson punts with 7:36 left in the final quarter, down three points.

Wayne Gallman scores a huge touchdown; the Tigers clawing their way past the Crimson Tide with just 4:38 left in the game.

Clemson now leads Alabama for the first time in the Championship game 28-24.

Alabama doesn’t take long to respond with a 6-play scoring drive.  The extra point is good.  The Crimson Tide are back up 31-28.

3rd Quarter:

Clemson will receive the ball at the start off the second half to try and tie the National Championship.

Ryan Anderson of Alabama recovers the second fumble of the game, returning to the Clemson 15-yard-line with 13:54 left to go in the third quarter.

Alabama scores a field goal on a 27-year attempt with 12:25 left in the third quarter.  Crimson Tide 17, Tigers 7.

The Crimson Tide kick a messy punt.  Clemson takes over at the Alabama 41-yard line with 8:13 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers score a touchdown with 7:10 left in the third quarter.  Clemson inching closer to Alabama with a good extra point.  The score is now 17-14.

D.J. Howard of Alabama catches a 68-yard touchdown reception and the kick is good.  24-14 Crimson Tide with 1:53 left in the third quarter.

2nd Quarter:

Clemson has possession to begin the second quarter.
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Talk about fast feet, Bo Scarbrough takes the ball to the end zone with 10:42 left in the second quarter.  The extra point is good.  The Crimson Tide are up 14-0 early in the second quarter.

Scarbrough has both touchdowns for Alabama.

At this point in the game, Clemson has 72 yards of offense total.  Alabama has rushed for 139.

Tampa native Deon Cain makes Clemson’s first big play of the game with 7:06 left in the first half, working Clemson to the 40-yard line.

The Tigers offense finally gets the ball into the end zone.  Deshaun Watson gets in and the extra point is good.  14-7 with 6:09 left in the first half.

At the end of the first half, Alabama leads Clemson 14-7.

1st Quarter:

Alabama strikes first with 9:29 left to go in the first quarter on a three-play scoring drive.  The extra point is good.  7-0, Crimson Tide.

With less than two minutes to go in the first quarter, Clemson has the first turnover of the game.  Ryan Anderson of Alabama recovers the fumbled snap, putting Alabama at the Clemson 35-yard-line.

The first quarter ends with Alabama up on Clemson 7-0.

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