Alabama looked like a group playing with pain in its eyes Monday night at the college football national championship in Miami. A group still feeling pain from not making the college playoff a year ago, and discomfort from getting burnt out in the title game a year before that.
The Crimson Tide took it all out on Ohio State with a 52-24 win in the 2021 Championship Game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Alabama’s big three on offense dominated, and the Tide defense rolled over the powerful Buckeyes defense.
If the video game wasn’t out of hand by halftime, Alabama definitely put it away early in the 2nd half. Heisman Prize winner DeVonta Smith looked every bit the part as the nation’s finest gamer, making dazzling catches and breaking away from the quick Buckeyes defenders. Smith had 215 getting backyards and three goals– by halftime. His 3 goals and 12 receptions were both championship game records.
Smith was called the offensive gamer of the video game, and Alabama protective end Christian Barmore was the protective gamer of the video game. Barmore had five tackles, including 3 for a loss and one sack.
Ohio State discovered itself tracking, 38-17, after Alabama took the opening kickoff of the 2nd half for a 16- play drive that ended with a 20- lawn Will Reichard basket. The Buckeyes required just 3 plays to march 75 backyards for a goal, topped by a Justin Fields 20- yard pass to Garrett WIlson in the corner of the end zone to slice Bama’s lead to 38-24 That would be the last of Ohio State’s scoring, nevertheless.
Alabama made a declaration drive late in the 3rd quarter– with Smith in the locker room with an evident hand injury and Brian Robinson getting the bulk of brings in place of Najee Harris. Tide quarterback Mac Jones engineered an 8-play, 75- backyard drive, ended up by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Slade Bolden.
Alabama stopped Ohio State on a 4th-and-1 with a minute remaining in the 3rd quarter, sending out the Tide defense and Crimson Tide faithful into a frenzy.
Jones got back to offense and tossed a dart to John Metchie for 27 yards to end the 3rd quarter, and Harris rumbled for a 1-yard run to make it 52-24 Alabama. The Crimson Tide salted the game away in the last frame, and coach Nick Saban won his seventh national title (1 with LSU and 6 with Alabama). His six in Tuscaloosa matches the six won by famous coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
The game was rather tight for a while in the first half. Alabama scored to make it 7-0, and Ohio State answered. The Tide took another lead and restored the ball, but Jones fumbled the ball, and Ohio State required simply one play to connect it at 14-14