After a back-and-forth first quarter that included haymakers on both sides, the Clemson Tigers took full control of the national championship battle against the Alabama Crimson. Trailing 16-14 early in the second quarter, Dabo Swinney’s team absolutely exploded for 30 (!) consecutive points and, before the team’s finishing blow late in the third quarter, Clemson freshman wide receiver Justyn Ross submitted a play to remember.
Ross, who contributed six catches for 153 yards and a touchdown through three quarters, hooked up with fellow freshman Trevor Lawrence on what became a ridiculous one-handed snag.
For further clarity, the still shots told the story.
Moments later, Lawrence connected with Tee Higgins (who also made a spectacular reaching grab) to put the Tigers up by a 28-point margin, but it was the Ross catch that sent everyone into a tizzy. Earlier in the same drive, Ross converted a third and 12 with a 37-yard catch and it was hard to ignore the synergy of two first-year players coming together to break the back of Alabama’s defense well before they could even considering leaving for the NFL.
Clemson was fantastic all season long but, on this particular night, there was a coming-out party for their offense and Justyn Ross produced the singular highlight in what was a full-on barrage.