Bowl games are finally over, and college football is finished until next year. North Dakota State University won another championship in Frisco, TX. The Alabama-Clemson game was a game for the history books showcasing the best two football teams in the nation.
For The Record
The number 1 seeded North Dakota State played the number 3 seeded Eastern Washington in Frisco, Texas on January 5. North Dakota State beat Eastern Washington 38-24 in a battle on the gridiron. Bison quarterback Easton Stick ended the game 13 for 19 with 198 yards passing, and 18 carries for 121 rushing yards. Stick had a total of five touchdowns (three rushing and two passing). Ty Brooks had nine carries for 82 rushing yards for a 9.1-yard average. Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere finished the game 13 for 25 for 198 passing yards and two interceptions. Backup quarterback Gunner Talkington completed his only pass for a touchdown on a fake field goal. Also, for Eastern Washington, Sam McPherson had 18 carries for 158 yards rushing and a touchdown. The championship win capped off NDSU’s season with a perfect 15-0 record. This also marks the end of NDSU’s head coach Chris Klieman as he will move on to coach Kansas State in next year’s season.
Speaking of 15-0 records. The Clemson versus Alabama game was no doubt a game for the history books. The two best teams in college football faced off in the biggest college football game of the year. The championship boasted a toe-to-toe match against two high powered offenses and two incredible defenses. Both teams came into the stadium with perfect records, but only one would walk out with a perfect record. However, the game was not as exciting as everyone thought. Number two seed Clemson crushed the number one seed Alabama 44-16. A team coached by Nick Saban rarely sees a loss with such a margin in college football. However, out of all teams to do it, Clemson was the team. True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence led Clemson into battle against Bama on the big night. Lawrence ended his night with 20 completions on 32 throws for 347 yards and three touchdowns. The top receiver for Clemson, Justyn Ross, ended his night with six catches for 153 yards and a touchdown. The Clemson defense also had two interceptions with two sacks. Alabama, although losing by a massive deficit, put up some impressive numbers. Junior quarterback Tua Tagavailoa threw for 22 completions on 34 attempts with 295 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. The top receiver for the Crimson Tide was Jerry Jeudy with five receptions for 139 yards and a touchdown. Alabama’s defense did not have any sacks or interceptions on the potent Clemson offense. This national championship win made the Clemson Tigers the first team in modern college football history to finish a season 15-0. This was the first team to accomplish such a feat since Penn State in 1897. It also made history for Trevor Lawrence making him the first true freshman quarterback to win a national championship.
Many records were set, and amazing wins and losses capped another college football season off until next year. We will see which top players will be selected for the NFL draft and watch as our favorite returning players strive in the game they love.