'Only God Can Orchestrate This': Clemson Coach Gives Glory to God for Big Championship Win
- [Efrem] And welcome back.
Clemson shocked numberone Alabama last night,
rolling over the CrimsonTide with a score of 44 to 16
to win the NCAA football championship.
Alabama was favored to win the game,
but Clemson's defensestopped the high-scoring Tide
and even scored the firsttouchdown of the game
with an interception return.
Number two Clemson had acommanding 31-16 lead by the half
and the Tide never came back.
Clemson is the firstteam to win the college
football playoffs with a 15-0 record.
And right now, ShawnBrown joins us right now
with more on this game.
What an amazing game.- Yes, sir.
- Well, what's the historywith these two teams
over the last few years?
- Well recently, I meanthese teams have met
in the playoffs, collegeplayoffs, five times.
As of last night's game, fourtimes for the championship.
Alabama had the best of that,
winning three headinginto last night's game.
Excuse me, winning twoat last night's game,
going into the game.
After now, they're 2-2.
Clemson was very, veryhungry heading into the game,
obviously because of thewins Alabama was able to win,
but now the score is even.
And I mean, it's just a great great game.
- [Efrem] I'll tell ya, and wehave so much to look forward
to next year as well.
Now Alabama was number oneand Clemson number two.
What made the differencewith the win for Clemson?
- Trevor Lawrence, the6'6" true freshman out of
Cartersville, Georgia, theguys poised in the pocket,
able to make every throw.
Just stay poised the entire game.
And then of course, that defense.
First of all Trevor throws for347 yards, three touchdowns.
Just cool, calm, collectedand then that defense,
no team all season was ableto hold Alabama's offense
to 16 points, so that says a lot.
Two picks, one for a picksix, your defense gains
momentum and they just, I mean, pound it.
The whole game, pound it,at the half, they come
back from the half, thatold Sweeney head coach
Clemson says hey, score's0-0, let's keep pounding
and that's what they did.
It's that simple, it's that simple.
- So what happened to Alabama?
They didn't seem to beable to get it together.
- Well when you throw twopicks in the first half,
I mean Tua Tagovailoa,Alabama's quarterback,
second year, last yearwas amazing, this year
coming back, stay poised,but 295 passing yards,
two touchdowns, but two interceptions.
One to the left for a pick six,
and of course the otherwas another scoring drive.
You kind of lose momentum after that,
it's hard to bounce back after that.
Your defense couldn'tquite get into a rhythm for
the second half, I mean,they scored no points in
the second half.
So it's just really hardto come back after that.
And of course, Clemson'sdefense just continued
to pound it.
I mean, their gameplan wassimple, lets disrupt Tua,
and stop the run and that'sexactly what they did,
and Alabama just did not havean answer in the second half.
- [Efrem] I'll tell ya, they sure did not.
Well you know we weretalking about the coach
of Clemson, we want tohear exactly what he said
following the game,what he had to say about
how this would happen,let's take a listen.
- You can't write aHollywood script like this.
Only God can do this.
And that's a fact.
And people may think I'mcrazy or quack or whatever
but only God can orchestrate this.
- [Efrem] Only God can orchestrate this,
you know, it sounds likehe's got a very strong
Christian faith.- He does.
He does, I mean you couldhear it, it resonates
out of him, the players love him.
After the game, one ofthe players said, hey man
if you're thinking about trying to come to
a school, if you want a coachthat's in the locker room
that the players love, that'sin there dancing, diving
getting it in, Clemson'sthe school for you.
They love him, he'scharismatic and God fearing.
And big up to Coach Sweeneyand the Clemson tigers
for this win cause it wasjust a tremendous victory.
- And when it comes toplayers and leadership
on the Clemson team, they're young
so we've got at least liketwo years of good stuff
to look forward to.
- They'll be back.
I think both of these teamsmay see each other before
these two quarterbacksgraduate or at least
before Tua graduates.
They may see each otheragain, there's a big
future for both of these programs.
- All right, ShawnBrown thank you so much.
- You're so welcome.- Good to see you.