Who Won the 2016 College Football Playoff?

Clemson Tigers

Deshaun Watson
Date: 
Jan 9, 2017
Score: 
35-31
Site: 
Raymond James Stadium - Tampa, FL
Runner Up: 
Alabama Crimson Tide

The championship game in college football featured Fiesta Bowl winner Clemson and Peach Bowl winner Alabama in a rematch of the previous year.

The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind two Bo Scarbrough touchdown runs. The Tigers were still down ten going into the fourth quarter but scored twice to take the lead. Alabama briefly took the lead back on a 30-yard touchdown by Jalen Hurts, but Clemson scored again with 6 second remaining for the 35-31 victory.

It was the first national championship for Clemson since 1981.

Clemson's Deshaun Watson threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner.

Clemson 35
Alabama 31

1ST QUARTER
ALATDBo Scarbrough 25 yd run (Adam Griffith kick), 9:23.
2ND QUARTER
ALATDBo Scarbrough 37 yd run (Adam Griffith kick), 10:42.
CLEMTDDeshaun Watson 8 yd run (Greg Huegel kick), 6:09.
3RD QUARTER
ALAFGAdam Griffith 27 yd, 12:25.
CLEMTDHunter Renfrow 24 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel kick), 7:10.
ALATDO.J. Howard 68 yd pass from Jalen Hurts (Adam Griffith kick), 1:53.
4TH QUARTER
CLEMTDMike Williams 4 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel kick), 14:00.
CLEMTDWayne Gallman 1 yd run (Greg Huegel kick), 4:38.
ALATDJalen Hurts 30 yd run (Adam Griffith kick), 2:07.
CLEMTDHunter Renfrow 2 yd pass from Deshaun Watson (Greg Huegel kick), 0:01.