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By Nick Ni$iu$
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The Clemson Tigers made a wild comeback defeating the number one ranked Alabama in the National Championship game on Monday night.

The James Madison Dukes were crowned FCS champions on Saturday when they defeated the Penguins 28-14. In the first quarter early, the Dukes had all the luck on their side after blocking Youngstown State’s punt and two plays later they threw for a 14 yard TD. The Penguins next possession ended with a punt except this time, the punter had a terrible kick with the football going out-of- bounds at the 50 yard line. It was recorded as only a 20 yard punt and James Madison jumped on that, in a little over a minute they scored another touchdown. The touchdown on the field was actually called an incomplete pass, after the review showed the tip of his shoe touched before his other foot was on the white line.

James Madison’s defense was playing lights out breaking up pass after pass and sacking the Penguins QB Hunter Wells five times. The Dukes DB Jordan Brown recorded seven tackles and eight other players came away with at least three tackles each. The running game went well too for the senior RB Khalid Abdullah rushing for 101 yards and going to the house twice for touchdowns. He will be going down in the JMU record books leading in career TDs, single-season TDs and single-season rushing touchdowns. The stats showed a different story though; it looked like Youngstown State should have won because they had more passing yards and they possessed the football longer. Hunter threw for 271 yards completing 28-of- 47 passes but he did throw an interception. The Penguins had the football for a total of 31:25 compared to JMU’s 28:35. The stats on paper looked pretty good for YSU but we saw the Dukes dominate the entire game not giving the Penguins a single chance to waddle to a victory.

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The Clemson Tigers made a wild comeback defeating the number one ranked Alabama in the National Championship game on Monday night. The Tigers finally ended a 35-year title drought, giving them their first championship since 1981. Clemson’s QB Deshaun Watson had a big night going 36-of- 56 and ending with 420 total passing yards with three TDs. He also took off 21 times keeping the football, rushing for 43 yards and scoring a touchdown using his legs this time. The victory was even more special because last year the Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 45-40 in the national championship. This year they got their sweet revenge and Watson ended his career at Clemson on a high note.

I thought for sure Alabama was going to run away with this game after putting up two unanswered touchdowns early in the first half. The Tigers later in the second quarter did put up seven points going into the locker room down by one score. Alabama would not allow them to lead the game until the final quarter with 4:38 left on the clock, scoring a touchdown going up by four points. The Tide would answer back with a little over two minutes remaining to score their final touchdown; the QB Jalen Hurts rushed up the middle weaving between defenders running it in for a 30 yard TD. With 2:01 left the Tigers went to work marching down the field taking a lot of time off the clock but the Bama defense had a huge call against them. The Crimson Tide were called for pass interference after knocking down the intended Clemson receiver giving the Tigers a first-and- goal on the two yard line. The very next play Watson threw a pass to Hunter Renfrow scoring the game winning touchdown with only one tick on the clock remaining. The Tigers went for an onside kick and recovered the football on the ensuing drive, letting the confetti fly in celebration of their triumph. All I can say is what a game to end the NCAA football season on and another college football season put in the books.

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Nick Ni$iu$ - Nick Nisius lives in the small town of Janesville, Iowa, where he spends the vast majority of his time watching sports. A huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bulls, Iowa Hawkeyes and Nebraska Cornhuskers football, Nick loves cars, animals and video games. A 24-year old suffering from muscular dystrophy, Nick's incredible story of triumph and perseverance has served as a true inspiration to many. His dream is to meet as many celebrities as possible in the near future.