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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.

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.

Vincent Frank
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