Alabama head coach, 69-year-old Nick Saban, is the king of college football after the Tide rolled over Ohio State Monday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. It’s the seventh national title for Saban and his sixth at Alabama. His seven national championships breaks a modern era tie with the legendary Bear Bryant. Alabama head coach Nick Saban says he may have passed Bear Bryant in national titles, but never in legacy.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones says the team accomplished what they set out to do, win the 18th National Championship for the school.
Jones threw five touchdown passes, including three to Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith, as top-ranked ‘Bama beat third-ranked Ohio State 52-24 in yesterday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Miami.
Najee Harris added two scores on the ground and also caught a touchdown as the Crimson Tide finished the season a perfect 13-and-0. Justin Fields threw for 194 yards and a TD for the Buckeyes, who end their season 7-and-1. Master Teague the Third ran for two scores for OSU in defeat.
And Heisman winner DeVonta Smith exploded for 215 yards and three touchdowns gaining more yards in the first half than the entire Buckeye team.
Then, the Heisman Trophy winner was forced to leave the game with a dislocated finger on the second snap of the second half.
“It was dislocated and they couldn’t get it back in,” Nick Saban said in the aftermath. “If they’d have got it back in, he would have been fine. He actually wanted to play, we just didn’t allow him to.”
Before injuring his finger, Smith broke several records in the title game and only needed two quarters to do it.
Miami Dolphins first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa is the top choice in rookie jersey sales. Perhaps DeVonte will join Tua if the Dolphins select him in the upcoming draft.