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Clemson vs. Alabama postgame notes

Clemson vs. Alabama postgame notes


  • Clemson finished the season with 14 wins, a school record.

  • The Tigers’ 17-game winning streak was snapped Monday. It was the school’s longest in history (eclipsing the previous best by two games).

  • Monday’s game was the first the Tigers did not win after leading going into the fourth quarter since the 2010 season. Clemson was a perfect 50-0 since 2011 under that scenario heading into the National Championship Game.

  • Clemson is now 13-5 against the top 20 winningest programs in FBS history since 2011.

  • The Tigers’ senior class finished their careers with a 46-8 overall record.

  • Clemson’s offensive line allowed just two sacks Monday to the nation’s No. 1 sack-producing team in Alabama, who had 50 entering the championship game.

  • The Tigers posted 550 yards of total offense, most against Alabama all season. But it was the first time in history Clemson lost when producing at least 500 total yards (85-1-1).


  • Deshaun Watson made history by becoming the first FBS player ever with over 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season.

  • Watson broke Vince Young’s National Championship Game record for total offense. Watson posted a career-high 478 yards of total offense, breaking his own career high of 473, set earlier this season in a road win over Syracuse.

  • Watson threw four touchdown passes to give him 35 for the season. His total was second in Clemson single-season history only to Tajh Boyd’s 36 in 2012.

  • Watson had 405 passing yards, his second game with at least 400 this season (420 vs. Boston College).

  • Watson finished the 2015 season with a school-record 5,209 yards of total offense.

  • Hunter Renfrow scored two touchdowns, giving the freshman five for the season.

  • Renfrow had a career-high seven catches in the game.

  • Jordan Leggett caught his eighth touchdown pass of the season, matching him with Dwayne Allen (2011) and Brandon Ford (2012) for Clemson’s single-season record by a tight end.

  • Kevin Dodd recorded career highs for both sacks (3) and tackles for loss (5).

  • Dodd pushed his final season tally to 23.5 tackles for loss, the ninth-best single season mark in Clemson history.

  • Dodd also finished with 12 sacks, placing him in a tie for sixth in a single season in Clemson history with Vic Beasley (2014).

  • Shaq Lawson produced two sacks in the first half, making his final season count at 12.5 It tied him with Gaines Adams (2006) for the fourth-most sacks in a season in Clemson history.

  • Lawson finished his junior campaign with 25.5 tackles for loss, sixth-best single season in school history.

  • Dodd and Lawson became the first duo in Clemson history to both post at least 20 tackles for loss in the same season.

  • Andy Teasdall had a season-long 57-yard punt in the second quarter. He also had his only touchback of the season in the third quarter.