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Clemson upsets Alabama to win national college football title

The Clemson Tigers squeaked past the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship, 35-31. Clemson (14-1) was the underdog in the match, but the Tigers sealed their thrilling come-from-behind victory with quarterback Deshaun Watson's two-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second on the clock, after a surprise onside kick. Watson, playing in his last college game, completed 36 of 56 passes for 420 yards. This was Alabama's (14-1) first loss in 26 games, and Clemson's first national championship since 1981, and second ever.

The Crimson Tide beat Clemson in last year's similarly riveting college football championship game.