All SEC National Championship: Bama Takes Down Clemson 24-6 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Featured

The No. 4-ranked University of Alabama football team defeated No. 1-ranked Clemson, 24-6, Monday night in the 84th Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

The Crimson Tide (12-1) scored 14 points off of two turnovers by the Tigers (12-2) in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

On the defensive side of the ball, Alabama dominated with five sacks, allowing Clemson just 188 total yards of offense, while holding the Tigers to their lowest point total since the 2014 season. 

Sophomore linebacker Mack Wilson grabbed his first career pick-six to go along with six tackles and a pass breakup, while junior defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne got his first-career interception and caught a one-yard touchdown pass also a first in his time at UA. Senior linebacker Rashaan Evans led the team with nine tackles including one sack and a pass breakup.

On offense, sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts finished 16-of-24 with 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air while picking up 40 rushing yards on 11 carries in the win. Junior running back Damien Harris led the Tide on the ground with 77 yards on 19 attempts. 

With the win in the College Football Playoff Semifinal the Tide advances to the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. CT, inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta against Southeastern Conference foe, No. 3 Georgia.

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