Led by freshmen Trevor Lawrence and Justyn Ross, the Clemson Tigers dominated the Alabama Crimson Tide 44-16 on Monday night to capture the College Football Playoff national title at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
Lawrence threw TD passes to Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins and Ross to help undefeated Clemson become the first team in the AP poll era starting in 1936 to win 15 games in a season.
Coach Dabo Swinney's squad beat Nick Saban and Alabama (14-1) for the second time in three meetings in the CFP title game.
A.J. Terrell had an interception return for a touchdown for Clemson on Alabama's opening drive. Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa threw another interception and the Tide suffered their most lopsided loss ever under coach Nick Saban.