Alabama vs. Clemson: Live Score, Highlights for CFP National Championship Game

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 9, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Deshaun Watson
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Clemson 35, Alabama 31—Final

Deshaun Watson's two-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with one second remaining handed the Clemson Tigers a 35-31 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Alabama controlled the early portion of the game, taking a 14-0 lead. However, Clemson came back and surged ahead for the first time on Wayne Gallman's one-yard plunge at the 4:38 mark of the final frame.

Boosted by a double pass from ArDarius Stewart to O.J. Howard, the Crimson Tide responded quickly. Jalen Hurts scrambled 30 yards for a touchdown, leaving 2:07 on the clock.

Watson led the game-winning drive, which he punctuated with his third touchdown toss of the night. He finished the championship 36-of-56 for 420 yards, hitting four different receivers for at least 90 yards.

Bleacher Report provided scoring updates, highlights and reactions throughout the instant classic.

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