Etienne had three first-half TDs for Clemson, which actually trailed 16-14 in the second quarter before forging a 31-16 advantage by halftime.
Lawrence had a flawless game in the semi-final, completing 69 percent of his passes, and he replicated that form by besting the more experienced Tua Tagovailoa - the quarterback for the Crimson Tide - in the final.
Clemson is the first opponent to beat the Tide by more than 14 points since Saban became coach in 2007. The 2016 national championship game between Alabama and Clemson that was decided on a last-second touchdown drew 25.3 million viewers. They've also split the last four national championships. During the 1985-1986 season, Holieway took over as starting quarterback after Troy Aikman's leg was broken.
Mike McCarthy Only Interested in Coaching Jets Next Season
And if this report is anything to go by, it appears McCarthy views the Jets as that ideal fit for his services. According to ESPN's Jeff Darlington , Manning called Jets CEO Christopher Johnson to endorse Gase for the job.
Cleveland Browns Have Found Their Next Head Coach
The Cleveland Browns have relieved interim head coach Gregg Williams of his duties, according to ESPN's Dan Graziano . Kitchens was the last candidate to interview for the head coaching vacancy, which came Monday, January 7.
RCMP to break up northern B.C. First Nation's pipeline checkpoints Monday
In October, LNG Canada announced it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility, where the pipeline is to end. Protesters marched through downtown Toronto , chanting " TransCanada has got to go" and brought afternoon traffic to a halt.
Overall, the New Year's Six games, including the Cotton and Orange bowl semifinals, averaged a 9.0 overnight rating, which is up 8 percent from the second year of the playoff when the semifinals were held in the Cotton and Orange bowls on New Year's Eve.
Dabo: I told coach Saban "see you next year" because I know they'll be back.
"Our goal is not to win a national championship". "I don't measure teams by that, and I know we've got some rabid people that that drives them insane, but I measure our team based on did we get better, did we reach our potential".