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- The 2019 College Football Playoff championship got off to a wild start.
- Alabama and Clemson combined for four touchdowns in their first eight minutes.
- Early on, the game showed no signs of slowing down.
The 2019 national championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers didn’t take long to start going absolutely bananas.
After the Tigers received the opening kickoff, Alabama was able to hold them to a quick three-and-out, setting the stage for what potentially could have been a battle between two of the best defenses in the country.
Instead, the scoring would start, and just keep rolling.
On just Bama’s third offensive play, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw an interception to A.J. Terrell, who timed his jump on the ball perfectly and took it 44 yards to the house for the first touchdown of the game.
Alabama responded almost immediately.
Unphased by his interception, Tagovailoa hit wide receiver Jerry Jeudy on a 62-yard bomb to answer for the Crimson Tide just three plays later.
On Clemson’s second offensive possession of the night, they made the most of it. Freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence throwing two big passes to get the Tigers in scoring position, and running back Travis Etienne finishing the drive with a 17-yard scamper to the end zone to cap off another touchdown drive in just 90 seconds of game time.
Not to be outdone, Alabama scored again, this time on a systematic 10-play drive that took four minutes – a quick drive by normal standards. It felt like something of a snail’s pace given the chaos that came before it, and was capped off by another Tagovailoa touchdown throw.
Alabama missed the extra point, leaving Clemson with a 14-13 lead with 50 minutes left to play.
At that point, the game was on pace to finish 70-65.