TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — We’re 99 days away from kicking off the college football season, and what better way to start the countdown to the 2016 season than by reliving one of the best moments from last year.
During Alabama’s national championship victory over Clemson in January, Alabama kicker Adam Griffith executed one of the most flawless onside kicks you’ll ever see in a big-time game, with help from cornerback Marlon Humphrey.
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) May 25, 2016
Some context: The game was tied at 24 with 10:34 left in the fourth quarter, and Alabama coach Nick Saban felt the Crimson Tide needed something big.
“I thought we had it in the game any time we wanted to do it,” Saban said at the time. “I made the decision to do it because the score was (24-24) and we were tired on defense and weren’t doing a great job of getting them stopped, and I felt like if we didn’t do something or take a chance to change the momentum of the game that we wouldn’t have a chance to win.”
Alabama would score after gaining possession en route to holding on for its fourth national championship in seven seasons.