College Football Frenzy: Alabama Crimson Tide roll to NCAA title
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One of those TD tosses went to Slade Bolden for the sophomore’s first career catch, answering a third-quarter Ohio State TD by receiver Garrett Wilson from QB Justin Fields.
Harris pushed the Alabama lead to an insurmountable 28 with his fourth-quarter TD dive, rounding out scoring.
“Unbelievable,” Smith told ESPN post-game. “We just finished writing our story.”
SECOND & LONG
Forget any so-called Heisman jinx. Smith was simply sensational until he was forced to leave with a hand injury very early in the second half. Smith’s final TD — likely of his NCAA career — gave Alabama its 30th major in its last 39 first-half drives of the season… Ontario’s John Metchie III was solid game-long for ‘Bama, especially after Smith left.He finished with 81 yards on eight catches … Ohio State went in gunning for its ninth national title but came away with its only loss of a 7-1 COVID-challenged campaign. “What these guys have learned, what our staff has learned, what our program has learned has been incredible for our culture,” Ohio State head coach Ryan Day told reporters post-game. “What we experienced tonight is motivation for when we come back next season.” The drop by Day’s squad also left Alabama standing as the only unbeaten in the 2020 FBS season.
THIRD & GOAL
RB Trey Sermon, an instrumental player in Ohio State’s run to the final, was lost on the first series of the game. He left the field holding his left shoulder, went to the locker room and then off to the hospital.The game might have been different with Sermon, who ran to a school-record 524 yards over the past two games, in the Ohio State attack. Teague spelled him off well early before coming to a halt and racking up just 66 total yards … Ohio State also lost another star in Wyatt Davis, the likely top-rated guard for the 2021 NFL Draft, after he was helped by two coaches into the room at halftime … WR Jaylen Waddle, limping while running off the field, also left early after a key 15-yard gain on Alabama’s first march of the night. He did return in the second half but was hampered severely by the injury, leaving with just 34 yards on three catches. Of course, Waddle missed the last half of the year with a fractured ankle.