In the 2021 Rose Bowl semifinals held on Friday, No. 1 Alabama topped the college season for the fifth time in six seasons. The Crimson Tide took a 24-point lead in the fourth quarter, scoring within the final minute of the fighting Irish game.
All season, one of Tide’s best offenses, quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver Divonta Smith are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy finals and three players (Naji Harris outscored, Alex Leatherwood and injured center London Dickerson) to get the first team AP. That unit lived up to the hype even against the country’s best defense, a total of 437 yards at 7.9 yards per game.
Jones was instrumental in guiding the team to 29 of 297 yards and 30 passes for four touchdowns, while Smith showed why the racing markets were favorites to beat Heismann with three touchdowns in his 130 yards and seven receptions. Named the Rose Bowl Attack MVP, Smith is an artisan who is a track racer and has consistently beaten one another against the Notre Dame defenders. While nothing special on the field is needed for the play, Smith makes an impact with the yards after the catch, like this 26-yard touchdown from the screen pass.
Smith’s entire touchdown reel may have delighted us for hours, but the play we’ve been talking about for years is Naji Harris ’obstacle in the first quarter’s 53-yard run. Harris finished the game with 125 yards in 15 carries.
The play was incredible from a height of 230-pounds, until he maintained his progress as his legs returned to the ground. But what is better than this is how to be a barrier Request to football star Megan Robinho. Harris discussed what he praised about Robinho at a sports weekly press conference, and he responded with praise and a request for a ban. Within 15 minutes of the game, Harris was on the block.
Notre Dame took the game clock at 8:03 with a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to an early 14-0 hole and finished fourth with a score on goal. The Irish were orderly and efficient, but it was ineffective when Alabama took the touchdown on a drive that lasted less than three minutes when the ball was thrown 84 yards. In fact, the first three Alabama drives all ended in touchdowns, and by the end of the fourth quarter it had taken less time off the clock than Notre Dame’s single touchdown drive.
The Irish threatened to score again in the final game of the game after recovering an onsite kick, but Tide blocked a pass from the QB Ian book in the final zone. The book completed 27 of 39 passes for 229 yards with an interception, but compiled 55 yards of speed and ground touch.
Although post-game statistics did not support Alabama very favorably, it only led Notre Dame 437-375 overall, with the tide being firmly in control throughout the game and never in danger of defeat.
They will play for the CFP National Championship for the fifth time in the event’s seven – year history, while falling to 0-7 in the Irish PCS or New Year’s Six Cup games, beating those with an average of 23 points since 1998.
Alabama will win its third national title in six seasons and for the sixth time since 2009 under coach Nick Saban. Tide will play in their eighth title game in 14 seasons under Saban.
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