Justyn Ross’ third quarter against Alabama in the National Championship Game produced more highlights than many players’ seasons.
Ross scored a 74-yard touchdown on a catch-and-run after Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith went down with a non-contact injury. The score extended Clemson’s lead to 37-16 with 8:26 to go in the third quarter. And it was somehow the least spectacular thing Ross did in the quarter.
On Clemson’s next drive, Ross made this catch on a third-and-12.
Since that wasn’t enough, he followed it up with another crazy catch that might have been even better. This was also on a third down.
Clemson scored on the drive to take a 44-16 lead into the fourth quarter as the Tigers cruised to win their second national title in three seasons.
If that wasn’t scary enough, here’s something else. Ross — along with Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence — is just a freshman. He’s going to be terrorizing college football defenses with catches like these for at least two more seasons.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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