In Victor Mather’s recent New York Times article “Here’s How Clemson Won the College Football Playoff Championship,” he breaks down the perseverance that led to Clemson’s “upset” over Alabama Tuesday morning.
According to Mather’s New York Times article, “Clemson upset Alabama and won the college football national championship, 35-31, in Tampa early Tuesday morning. Clemson was led by its star quarterback, Deshaun Watson, who threw for 420 yards despite facing a defense heralded as one of the best ever. With two minutes left, trailing by 3 points, Watson got the ball at his own 32 and started a drive. Nine plays and 68 yards later, with 1 second on the clock, Hunter Renfrow caught a 2-yard touchdown to win the game. The drive included six completed passes, notably a 24-yarder to Watson’s favorite target, Mike Williams, and a goal line pass interference call.”
A miracle? Some call it a surprise. But to Clemson, it was nothing other than expected.
After Clemson’s CFP Championship loss to Alabama last year, they didn’t stop. They didn’t keep their heads down or throw in the towel. It wasn’t over for them.
Last year made them want it more – more than ever. Their only option: to be the best.
Monday night’s game proved this correct.
They put in the time, made the sacrifices, and examined their system to beat the odds against them.
They made it back to the big game. This time was different, though.
This time, they won.