MVP Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to their second national title in three seasons.
Perhaps the two best college football programs of the past few years will meet again in the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday night. Alabama won the first game in an offensive shootout, while Clemson won the second thanks to quarterback Deshaun Watson's late-game heroics.
Clemson made history Monday night by becoming the first 15-0 team in modern college football history.
Alabama, meanwhile, should be just fine.
The Tigers throttled the Tide 44-16 at Levi's Stadium, Doubling the worst loss Alabama ever suffered in Nick Saban's 12-years at the helm. Etienne scored a school-record 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,658 yards as a sophomore while the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Ross had six catches for 153 yards with one touchdown versus the Tide to finish with 1,000 yards as a freshman. He built Clemson in Alabama's image, and now his team has emerged as the primary challenger for the crimson throne.
But Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide didn't need long to avenge the touchdown, scoring on a 62-yard pass, making the score 7-7 less than three minutes into the contest. The two teams were meeting in the College Football Playoff for the fourth consecutive season.