Recap of the 2015 Cotton Bow and Orange Bowl
First and foremost, Happy New Year, everyone! The 2015 College Football Playoffs are over.
Now, the stage is set for this year’s National Championship. It will be a Battle of the South between #1 Clemson Tigers and #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. They will square off for the National Championship on Monday, January 11 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. Clemson will be seeking its first National Championship since 1981. Meanwhile, Alabama will be seeking its first National Championship since 2012. It would also be head coach Nick Saban’s 5th National title in his career.
Both Clemson and Alabama dominated in their Playoff Semifinal games against their opponents on New Year’s Eve respectively. Here is a recap of these exciting games played on News Years Eve:
Clemson Blasts Oklahoma Behind Big 2nd Half
It was a highly contested 1st Half between the Clemson Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners. In fact, Oklahoma jumped out to quick a 7-0 lead behind running back Samaje Perine’s rushing touchdown. But, after a couple of three-and-outs, Clemson began to get it going thanks to a fake punt that set up quarterback Deshaun Watson’s five-yard rushing touchdown to give Clemson a 10-7 lead. But, Oklahoma came back with scoring answers of their own, but they could only gain two field goals and a touchdown on their possessions. The Sooners led 17-16 at halftime. Clemson head coach Dabo Sweeney said during the trophy presentation, “Nobody believes in this team except the guys on this team.” No person that’s astute in College Football would believe that statement. The Tigers came roaring with their A-game in the 2nd Half, and showed the country why they have been undefeated all season long.
The 2nd Half started off with a Wayne Gallman one-yard touchdown to give Clemson a 23-17 lead. Later, Deshaun Watson threw a bomb for 35 yards to Hunter Renfrow for a touchdown to bump the Tigers’ lead to 30-17. Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield tried to rally Oklahoma, but he threw two interceptions that where caught by Ben Boulware, who was named Defensive MVP of the game. Watson was named Offensive MVP of the game.
Alabama Dominates, Shuts Down Michigan State
Roll Tide! The Alabama Crimson Tide got their redemption for losing in last year‘s College Football Playoff. It was a grind-out defensive battle for the majority of the 1st Half. But, Alabama drew first blood thanks to Heisman winner Derrick Henry rushing for a touchdown. Later, quarterback Jake Coker threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley. Late in the 3rd Quarter, punt returner Cyrus Jones returned a 57 yard punt for a touchdown to stretch the Tide’s lead to 24-0. Coker put his finished touches on the game with a 50-yard bomb to Ridley for a touchdown to make it a 31-0 score. And, Henry sealed the game with a 11-yard touchdown run to make it a 38-0 final.
Michigan State could never get anything going offensively. Alabama didn’t just dominate on offense, but they dominated on defense. Alabama’s defense held Michigan State to 239 yards of total offense. They limited Spartans quarterback Connor Cook to 210 passing yards, and they held their running game to 29 rushing yards. The defense also had a few sacks and caused two turnovers. Coker and Jones were named co-MVPs of the game.
By Quentin Congress