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Nick Saban stands alone as the most successful head coach in college football history after claiming a record seventh title following Alabama’s 52-24 loss to Ohio State.
Top-ranked Alabama, Alabama (13-0) was too strong for Ohio State’s number three (7-1) in Monday’s College Football National Playoff Championship at Hard Rock Stadium.
Saban, who celebrated his first crown in 2003, bested Paul Bryant in the most national championships, with six of those titles during his 14 seasons at the helm of Alabama.
“I’m happy that I won tonight,” the 68-year-old said amid post-game celebrations. “And I haven’t really thought about that because you’re always looking ahead.
“And I love this team very much and what they have been able to do. I can’t put it into words. “
– Alabama Soccer (@AlabamaFTBL) January 12, 2021
Saban added: “For me, this is the ultimate team. There is more bonding on this team than on almost any team we’ve ever had. They have had to overcome and persevere a lot during this season, and they have done it magnificently ”.
Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith flexed his muscles in a stellar display in Miami Gardens, Florida before sustaining a hand injury in the third quarter.
Smith, in his last college appearance while preparing for the NFL, had 12 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half when Alabama claimed a 35-17 lead at interval.
The 22-year-old recorded more than 200 receiving yards and more than three touchdown receptions for the third time this season, tying Davante Adams (2013) for the most games of this type by any FBS player in any of the last 25 seasons, according to Statistics realization.
Smith also broke the record for receiving yards in a Southern Eastern Conference season by being named Most Valuable Offensive Player.
DeVonta Smith of @AlabamaFTBL he has over 200 receiving yards and over 3 TD caught for the third time this season.
That ties Davante Adams (2013 Fresno State) for the most games of its kind by any FBS player in any of the past 25 seasons.#RollTide
– Statistics by STATS (@StatsBySTATS) January 12, 2021
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones also dazzled, becoming the first quarterback to complete more than 80.0 percent of his passes for more than 450 yards and more than five touchdowns in a bowl game since NC State’s Philip Rivers in 2003.
Jones finished 36 of 45 for 464 yards, five TDs and no interceptions, while his Ohio State counterpart Justin Field completed 17 of 33 for 194 yards and one TD.