The Alabama Crimson Tide started out the National Championship Game in grand fashion, holding Clemson to a three-and-out.
Unfortunately for Alabama, its first offensive series of the game didn’t go as swimmingly. Heisman runner-up Tua Tagovailoa threw an interception into the hands of Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell, who returned it 44 yards for the game-opening score.
AJ Terrell gave Clemson a 7-0 lead on this pick-six pic.twitter.com/3NUEGK90ns
— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) January 8, 2019
The pass itself was absolutely terrible. Tua was attempting a simple out to the receiver. Instead, Terrell jumped the route and went the other way for the score.
These are mistakes we have not seen from Tagovailoa during his two-year run with the Crimson Tide. And it put the team in the hole big time Monday night at Levi’s Stadium.
Meanwhile, Clemson fans the world over were celebrating.