Alabama wins national title, beats Clemson 45-40

Get the latest updates, video, pictures and scores on the National Championship game between Clemson and Alabama.

Fred Cunningham and Todd Summers are in Arizona following the game and Krystyne Brown and Tony Cedrone are following fans in the Upstate.

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FINAL SCORE: ALABAMA 45, CLEMSON 40

12:19am – Alabama takes a knee to seal the win. Alabama is your national champion. Alabama 45-40

12:17am – Clemson attempts onside kick and fails to recover. Alabama 45-40

12:15am – Clemson 24-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Leggett. Alabama 45-40

12:08am – 1-yard touchdown run from Derrick Henry puts Alabama up by 12 with 1:07 left on the clock. Alabama 45-33

12:03am – Alabama calls their final timeout with 2:16 left in the game. Alabama 38-33

11:55pm – Touchdown Clemson! Artavis Scott with the 15-yard touchdown reception. Clemson fails to convert for 2. Alabama 38-33

11:52pm – Clemson completes 39-yard pass. Alabama takes their first timeout of the half with 5:40 left in the game. Alabama 38-27

11:46pm – Alabama returns the kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown. Alabama 38-27

11:43pm – Clemson gets within 4 with a 31-yard field goal by Greg Huegel. 7:47 left in the game. Alabama 31-27

11:36pm – Alabama retakes the lead with a 51-yard touchdown reception by O.J. Howard. Alabama 31-24

11:33pm – Alabama recovers the on-side kick with 10:34 left in the 4th quarter. Tied 24-24

11:29pm – Alabama gets it even with a 33-yard field goal from Adam Griffith. Tied 24-24

11:13pm – Clemson leads Alabama 24-21 at the end of the 3rd quarter in Arizona. Clemson is 51-0 since 2010 when entering the 4th quarter with the lead. Clemson 24-21

11:00pm – Touchdown Clemson! Wayne Gallman with the 1-yard touchdown run. Clemson 24-21

10:56pm Clemson takes their first timeout of the half with 5:54 left in the third. Alabama 21-17

10:42pm – Greg Huegel’s 37-yard field goal puts Clemson within 4 with 10:10 left in the 3rd quarter. Alabama 21-17

10:32pm – Alabama retakes the lead on a 53-yard touchdown reception by O.J. Howard. Alabama 21-14

10:28pm – The second half begins with Alabama kicking to Clemson. Tied 14-14

10:05pm – Halftime in Arizona, all tied at 14.

10:03pm – Clemson misses a 44-yard field goal attempt with 5 seconds left in the first half. Tied 14-14

9:32pm – Alabama scores with a 1 yard run from Derrick Henry. Tied 14-14

9:27pm – Timeout Alabama with 11:08 left in the half. Clemson 14-7

9:24pm – First turnover of the game as Alabama’s Eddie Jackson picks off the throw from Watson. Clemson 14-7

9:20pm – It’s three-and-out for the Alabama offense to start the second quarter. Clemson 14-7

9:13pm – Renfrow catches another! The 11 yard reception puts Clemson on top for the first time in the game at the end of the first quarter. Clemson 14-7

9:09pm – Alabama misses the field goal from 44 yards. Tied 7-7

9:07pm – Alabama takes the first timeout of the half with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Tied 7-7

9:00pm – Clemson ties it up with a 31-yard touchdown reception by Hunter Renfrow. Tied 7-7

8:52pm – Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry puts Alabama on the board with a 50-yard touchdown run. 7-0 Alabama

8:47pm – Clemson is also unable to score with its first possession and the ball goes back to Alabama.

8:43pm – Clemson’s defense held ‘Bama scoreless in their first drive, now it’s time for the offense to take the field.

8:35pm – Clemson kicks off against Alabama in the national championship!

8:31pm – Clemson wins the coin toss and elects to kick.

8:28pm – Ciara is singing the National Anthem before the game.

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