Alabama caught Clemson sleeping with a gorgeous onside kick
The Alabama Crimson Tide had just tied the Clemson Tigers at 24-24 in the fourth quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship and it seemed like it was going to be a dogfight down the stretch. However, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had something left in his bag of tricks that the Tigers weren’t ready for in the slightest.
On the ensuing kickoff, both the Crimson Tide and the Tigers lined up for a normal kick. Alabama kicker Adam Griffith had other plans, though, as he pooched a beautiful onside kick toward the right sideline where there was nothing but a lone Alabama player to make the recovery well beyond the 10 yards that the ball legally had to travel to be recovered:
Alabama recovers the onside kick. Crazy it was like a pass. pic.twitter.com/In2xHBhEJO
— MarcusD (@_MarcusD_) January 12, 2016
That’s just a gorgeous kick on a masterful play call. To make that call in that moment is the most Saban thing in the history of college football and Griffith executed the call to absolute perfection.
Still reeling from the onside kick, Alabama was able to capitalize on the big onside kick as tight end O.J. Howard was then left uncovered for another long touchdown catch to put the Tide ahead 31-24. Talk about swinging the momentum in a big way.