WATCH: Relive Clemson’s wild last-second national title win over Alabama

Alabama’s bid for a fifth national championship in eight seasons came up just one second short.

With one second left on the Alabama 2-yard line, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson found wide receiver Hunter Renfrow for the go-ahead game-winning touchdown in a 35-31 to win the national title.

The Tigers’ touchdown came on a nine-play, 68-yard drive that took 2:00 off the clock after Alabama reclaimed the lead at 31-28 with 2:07 remaining.

In the build up to Clemson’s last-second touchdown, wide receiver Mike Williams and tight end Jordan Leggett caught key passes of 24 and 17 yards to put them in scoring position.

Just before the touchdown, Alabama cornerback Anthony Averett was flagged for pass interference in the end zone to put the Tigers on the 2-yard line. Prior to the penalty, Clemson had been on the 9.

Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts scored on a 30-yard touchdown run on the previous drive to give the Crimson Tide the lead after Clemson took its first one of the game. On that possession, with 4:38 left, running back Wayne Gallman scored on a 1-yard run.

Alabama led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, 14-7 at halftime and 24-14 after the third quarter.

Before the loss, Alabama was 97-0 under coach Nick Saban while leading by double digits in the fourth quarter. The Crimson Tide also had not trailed in the fourth quarter of any game since last year’s national championship game.

Alabama won national championships as recently as 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 before Monday’s loss. The Crimson Tide beat Clemson 45-40 in last season’s national title game.

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