Powered by wide receiver DeVonta Smith, the Alabama Crimson Tide concluded their perfect season with a convincing 52-24 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes in the U.S College Football Final on Monday night at the Hard Rock Stadium.
The most recent Heisman Trophy recipient caught 12 throws for gains of 215 yards. He also scored three of seven touchdowns in his roster. The 22-year-old put in the impressive performance in the first half alone, as Smith injured his right hand in the opening moments of the third quarter.
In the win, quarterback Mac Jones completed 80 percent of his passes for 464 yards and five majors. Running back Najee Harris also contributed to the score. He reached the pay zone twice on races and once via the air.
Never late in scoring, the Crimson Tide took off in the second quarter, amassing four wins. The offensive of the winners was devastating as she amassed a total of 621 yards. By comparison, the Buckeyes rushed 341 yards in this duel.
Among the losers, running back Master Teague III crossed the goal line twice.
Alabama therefore concluded its campaign with an immaculate record of 13 wins. In addition, wide receiver John Metchie III became the first Canadian to win the American college championship since 2003. The one who lived part of his childhood in the suburbs of Toronto caught eight passes for 81 yards in the final game of the NCAA.
It is also Nick Saban’s sixth coronation as head coach and the 18th in Crimson Tide history.
For Ohio State, it was a first setback this season. The Buckeyes had won seven matches before taking on the No.1-ranked team on the US college circuit. The 52 points they gave their opponents was a high in a playoff game for the club that has been around since 1890.