Nick Saban may have stamped his legacy on arguably being the greatest college coach of all time winning 45-40 over No. 1-ranked Clemson Monday night for the national championship.
All night it was the battle of a spread offense against the number one defense in the country. Saban was frustrated by one of the greatest performances in years from Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. He finished the game throwing for 473 yards and 4 touchdowns.
He throw a costly interception early in the game which Alabama took advantage of, but it can’t take away what Watson did. Saban was frustrated the whole night trying to stop a running quarterback. It took Alabama nearly two touchdowns from their tight end O.J. Howard, a return touchdown and an onside kick recovery to hold on to the win.
“When you play players like (Watson), the whole team has to win,” Saban said according to USA Today.
This game throw out the rankings of these two teams. People thought Clemson would be blown out due to Alabama’s defense along with the running game. But they shown resilience of why they were undefeated this season. Clemson may have loss, but they might be the favorites next season despite Alabama winning the championship. Saban may have one more year left in him before deciding on retirement or the NFL.