How every play from Clemson’s title-winning drive against Bama worked
By Ian Boyd
Here are the final nine plays that took down the Tide.
In order to win the rematch with Alabama, Clemson had to either stuff the Tide offense one more time or hope to carry out a two-minute drive against arguably the best defense of the Nick Saban era.
Clemson’s defense, which garnered its own offense 17 possessions thanks to forcing 11 punts, was surprisingly not up to the task of holding back Jalen Hurts one more time.
All the better for the rest of us, as it set up this wonderful final drive between the two best units in the game.
With the game down to these final minutes, each team turned to a pretty specific package of players to win the season.
Clemson rolled with an 11 personnel (one tight end and one running back) group that included RB Wayne Gallman and TE Jordan Leggett. It has the ability to become a four- or five-wide set thanks to the versatility of those two players.
Clemson turned to former walk-on Hunter Renfrow in the slot, with Artavis Scott outside on the right and Mike Williams outside on the left.
Alabama matched with a 2-3-6 dime package, featuring Jonathan Allen (or D’Shawn Hand) and Ryan Click for Full Story