Alabama defeats Ohio State 52-24 in CFP National Championship Game
By Drew Dover | January 11, 2021 at 9:28 PM CST - Updated January 11 at 10:59 PM
MIAMI, Fla. (WBRC) - The Alabama Crimson Tide has defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24 in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
The win takes the Crimson Tide to a 13-0 undefeated perfect season.
Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith had a productive first half with 215 yards and 3 touchdowns with 12 receptions. The yards and receptions are a BCS/CFP record for a first half.
Unfortunately, Smith suffered an apparent injury to his right hand early in the third quarter and ended up missing most of the second half.
Alabama QB Mac Jones was 25-30 at the half with 342 passing yards. Bama has 389 total yards compared to the Buckeyes’ 190 total yards of offense.
Bama RB Najee Harris had two touchdowns in the first half, including a TD on the Tide’s opening drive.
The only turnover in the first half was a Mac Jones fumble which lead to a touchdown by Ohio State.
Bama safety Jordan Battle was ejected for targeting after a rough hit on Ohio State tight end Jeremy Ruckert.
Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, injured earlier in the 2020 season during the Tennessee game, was active for the game and saw limited action in the first half.
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