Well, this is new for Alabama football fans.
When leading by double digits entering the fourth quarter, the Crimson Tide were 97-0 since Nick Saban took over as head coach in 2007, according to ESPN. That’s changed now, however, as Alabama suffered a 35-31 loss to Clemson in the national championship game on Monday after leading by 10 points entering the final quarter.
It was quite the finish in front of the record crowd in Tampa. For a brief moment, it appeared the Crimson Tide had orchestrated a remarkable game-winning drive featuring a double pass play and a touchdown run by true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts. It wouldn’t stand for long, however.
Deshaun Watson threw a 2-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining to lift the Tigers to a win and the national title.
Alabama wasn’t familiar with trailing in the fourth quarter. In fact, this was the first time it was down in the final quarter since its national championship win over Clemson last season.
First time Alabama has trailed in the fourth quarter since …. the last game against Clemson.
— John Zenor (@jzenor) January 10, 2017
The Crimson Tide suffered their first loss since Sept. 19, 2015, when they lost to Ole Miss.