The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled through the Ohio State Buckeyes, 52-24, on Monday in Miami to win the College Football Playoff National Championship. The Tide were carried by Heisman Winner DeVonta Smith’s 12 catches for 215 yards and 3 TDs in the first half before he left with a hand injury. The 2020 title marks Nick Saban’s sixth with the Tide and seventh as a head coach.
PETE THAMEL: This is Pete Thamel, college football reporter with Yahoo Sports at the national title game of college football in Miami Gardens. All season long Alabama has set the standard for college football. They've been the team everyone's chasing. And on the final night of the 2020 college football season, Alabama continued to run away from the field.
The Crimson Tide blew out Ohio State wire to wire to deliver Nick Saban's sixth national championship as the head coach at Alabama. It's his second undefeated championship as Alabama finishes 13 and 0, and it's his seventh overall championship, passing the legendary Paul Bear Bryant, who had six of his own at Alabama.
This night will be remembered in Alabama lore for the performance of DeVonta Smith, even though he'd play just a whisker over a half. Smith to finished with 12 catches for 215 yards and caught three touchdowns. That's despite leaving the title game after injuring his hand on the second play of Alabama's opening drive of the third quarter. Smith started his career with Alabama, entering the National consciousness by catching the winning touchdown pass in Alabama's overtime win over Georgia in the National title game four years ago. Somehow after that indelible moment, he managed to leave even a bigger impression on his way out.
For Ohio State, the night never came together. On their first possession of the game, star running back Trey Sermon left with an apparent shoulder injury and had to be taken to the hospital. He never returned. Justin Fields never looked sharp, and the defense simply couldn't get any stops even after forcing one first half turnover.
And in the end, Alabama rolled like many expected they would with Mac Jones breaking Joe Burrow's record for passing yards in a title game. Alabama poured it on with the unstoppable offense, putting a coat on Nick Saban's evolution from a defense-first coach to building one of the most unstoppable offenses in the history of college football.