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DeVonta Smith, Mac Jones Energy Alabama Past Ohio Enlighten to Elevate CFP Championship

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith scores a touchdown past Ohio State safety Josh Proctor during the first half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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For the sixth time in the closing 12 seasons, the Alabama Crimson Tide are the national champions of faculty soccer.

Alabama earned a 52-24 have over the Ohio Enlighten Buckeyes on Monday evening in the College Soccer Playoff National Championship, finishing a splendid 13-0 season with one among the excellent offenses in historical previous.

It became as soon as the DeVonta Smith dispute early at Worthy Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Heisman Trophy winner build of dwelling a title game anecdote with 12 catches and scored three touchdowns in the have:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

DeVonta Smith finds the endzone for the Tide ‼️

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ESPN @espn

ANOTHER TD FOR DEVONTA 😤

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ESPN @espn

OH MY DEVONTA SMITH 🤯

That makes THREE TOUCHDOWNS for the Heisman winner 🔥 https://t.co/u9qpKEKnTC

A hand injury forced him off the realm in the third quarter, but he did enough to provide Alabama a 35-17 lead at halftime.

The offensive onslaught continued in the 2nd half of as Mac Jones accomplished with five landing passes with out reference to injuring his leg, matching a profession high and marking his eighth game with out a less than four ratings this season.

Alabama built a 28-level lead early in the fourth quarter on Najee Harris’ third landing and never looked abet.

Crimson Tide head coach Cleave Saban secured his seventh national championship, passing Endure Bryant for the most in historical previous. This became as soon as his 2nd undefeated team after the 2009 Tide accomplished 14-0.

Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields became as soon as held to 1 landing and Ohio Enlighten may presumably no longer take care of after running abet Trey Sermon became as soon as injured on the principle play of the game. The Buckeyes had been attempting to in finding their first championship for the explanation that 2014 season and accomplished 7-1.

Principal Performances

Mac Jones, QB, ALA: 36-of-45, 464 passing yards, 5 TDs

Najee Harris, RB, ALA: 22 carries, 79 rushing yards, 7 catches, 79 receiving yards, 3 TDs

DeVonta Smith, WR, ALA: 12 catches, 215 receiving yards, 3 TDs

Justin Fields, QB, OSU: 17-of-33, 194 passing yards, 1 TD, 6 carries, 67 rushing yards

Grasp Teague III, RB, OSU: 15 carries, 65 rushing yards, 2 TDs

Chris Olave, WR, OSU: 8 catches, 69 receiving yards

DeVonta Smith and Alabama Stars Shine in Unstoppable Offense

If there had been any doubts about Smith because the excellent participant in college soccer this season, those questions had been answered early Monday evening.

The receiver took over the game early, gaining more yards than Ohio Enlighten in the principle half of (215-190).

His play received a good deal of consideration from those staring at alongside:

LeBron James @KingJames

DeVonte Smith is one among the excellent pure receivers I’ve ever watched! Esteem a mixture between Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison. Man he’s correct!

JJ Watt @JJWatt

DeVonta is going crazyyyyyy!!!!!!!

Darius Leonard @dsleon45

Devonta any other time ???? Oh my 😂😂😂

Patrick Mahomes II @PatrickMahomes

Lol they only wish to assign cherish all people on him

Desean Jackson @DeSeanJackson10

That boy DeVonta Smith Cold Cold !!

Jerry Jeudy⁴ @jerryjeudy

Most piquant WR to play college soccer @DeVontaSmith_6

Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless

Severely, if DeVonta Smith can take care of wholesome, he has the tangibles and intangibles to be Jerry Rice.

Smith suffered a hand injury in the third quarter and did no longer return, but he made his label on the game when he became as soon as on the realm.

Alabama moreover had a good deal of manufacturing with out him, with Harris stepping up with impressive performs on the flooring and thru the air.

ESPN @espn

Alabama strikes first!! 💥

#NationalChampionship https://t.co/HUU3iE1ot3

ESPN @espn

NAJEE. HARRIS.

#NationalChampionship https://t.co/UHfVOiuYoa

ESPN @espn

Najee Harris’ third TD of the evening 👏

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SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Regarded as one of many excellent six-yard runs it’s doubtless you’ll presumably scrutinize 💪

@ohthatsNajee22
#NationalChampionship https://t.co/DymOQ9CkVP

ESPNUpstate @ESPNUpstate

In case you’re interior the three, Najee Harris becomes a strolling (running?) landing. That guy is a bowling ball. He may presumably moreover very effectively be the most NFL ready participant on the realm tonight, & he confirmed it there. Patience to search out the lane, let his block build of dwelling up, powered thru contact.

Bucky Brooks @BuckyBrooks

It’s taken awhile for Najee Harris to rep the love and consideration that his game deserves but he’s the prototype at the characteristic. Mountainous-bodied RB w/legit receiving skills. It’s laborious to search out route runners at his size at the characteristic. #NFLDraft

Matt Miller @nfldraftscout

There need to no longer be a ask…but Najee is RB1

Harris moreover handed Derrick Henry with a college-anecdote 30 touchdowns from scrimmage in a season.

The skill gamers outshined Jones, but the quarterback did his job as effectively with five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Even when Smith went out, the offense barely uncared for a beat thanks to the robust quarterback play.

ESPN @espn

Special 2nd to rep your first profession TD in the #NationalChampionship https://t.co/ojjBRQXmnV

TJ Lang @TJLang70

Mac Jones honest throws dimes man. NFL teams will love his accuracy.

Dr. SEC @thedrsec

Mac Jones may presumably no longer ever rep the credit score he deserves because how his receivers/running backs manufacture the play. You rep so caught in the wow ingredient you omit the complete exiguous issues he does.

Joel Klatt @joelklatt

No DeVonta Smith they customarily went correct down the realm…Mac Jones is a 1st round QB…guy is a stud

The Crimson Tide entered the day averaging 48.2 factors per game and did no longer slack down even against a refined defense. The skills and manufacturing may presumably succor assign this unit against almost any in college soccer historical previous.

Quick-Handed Ohio Enlighten Unable to Overcome Losses

Ohio Enlighten had 13 gamers unavailable for the game, including nostril tackle Tommy Togiai, defensive pause Tyreke Smith and kicker Blake Haubeil.

The difficulty got even worse when Sermon became as soon as injured on his first raise and dropped at the scientific institution, per ESPN’s Maria Taylor. It became as soon as a primary loss brooding about his influence:

Rocky Boiman @ROCKYBOIMAN50

If Sermon can’t play that’s danger for Ohio direct, he’s build of dwelling the tone their closing two video games

Marlon Humphrey @marlon_humphrey

Confidently Sermon is rarely any longer out for Ohio Enlighten fat loss

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

Trey Sermon’s shoulder injury is shades of the 2010 national championship game when Texas QB Colt McCoy injured his shoulder on the fifth play against Alabama, wrecking the Longhorns’ title hopes.

Sermon became as soon as the Buckeyes’ leading rusher this season and had been crimson scorching with 524 rushing yards over his closing two video games against Northwestern and Clemson.

Adding in Fields coming into the game with a rib injury, and it became as soon as an uphill battle for Ohio Enlighten.

The Buckeyes silent confirmed a good deal of battle, including a pair of touchdowns from backup running abet Grasp Teague III:

ESPN @espn

Ohio Enlighten grabs six with succor from Jeremy Ruckert 👏

#NationalChampionship https://t.co/Uen2u8L1x1

ESPN @espn

TEAGUE BULLIES HIS WAY IN FOR 6 ‼️

#NationalChampionship https://t.co/xlLBQTUbey

Mature Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott became as soon as rooting for Teague to wreck his hang anecdote:

Ezekiel Elliott @EzekielElliott

The records 4 hurry rep it @MasterTeagueIII

Fields became as soon as gathered early but showcased his skill build of dwelling in the 2nd half of to take care of the get shut.

ESPN @espn

Justin Fields drops this in the bucket for six️⃣

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Baron Browning moreover produced a rare defensive spotlight for the Buckeyes with a strip-sack in the principle half of.

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

MAC JONES FUMBLES IT 👀 https://t.co/ZkW3T5eHwi

The Buckeyes defense simply may presumably no longer take care of, allowing 621 yards from scrimmage while forcing honest two punts.

We don’t know if the game would had been diversified with Ohio Enlighten at rotund energy, but the one on the realm fell immediate in the title game.

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