Alabama knocks out Michigan State 38-0 in Cotton Bowl

Alabama knocks out Michigan State 38-0 in Cotton Bowl

If you thought it was going to be tough beating Alabama before a CFP semifinal rout of Michigan State, the task ahead for Venables and his defense got even tougher with Tide quarterback Jake Coker's performance against the Spartans. The Swinney plan has been a good one and he'll obviously adhere to that successful formula as they get ready for the formidable Crimson Tide. No SEC team has played fewer true home games than Alabama this year.

The championship features top-seeded Clemson taking on second-seeded Alabama on Monday, Jan. 11 at 8:30PM ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. Clemson defeated Oklahoma 37-17 to adv... It's pronounced "HUE-gull" - "I've gotten Huay-gull, Hi-gull - never gotten you-GELL, that's a new one", he sheepishly told me in the locker room - but however you say it, it's the name of the kid with more field goals than any other kicker in Clemson single-season history, with 25.

"They were a run-stopping defense anyway; we saw that on tape, we knew that's what they were going to do", Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin confirmed on the field after the game. No team has won more AP national championships than Alabama's nine.

No. 14 MI completed its one-season turnaround under new coach Jim Harbaugh, routing the No. 19 Florida Gators 41-7 behind 278 yards passing and three touchdowns from quarterback Jake Rudock. "I just threw it up to him". If we can continue to play this type of defense we'll have a chance, " Johnson said of the upcoming Southeast Conference schedule. They held Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Derrick Henry to 75 rushing yards, his third-lowest output of the season, and placed the burden of moving the offense nearly entirely on Coker's arm. Calvin Ridley and O.J. Howard added 138 and 59 receiving yards respectively. He turns bad plays into good plays. Cyrus Jones scored on a 57-yard punt return in the third quarter.

Which is exactly how Alabama crushed Michigan State 38-0.

Michigan State never recovered after the stalled drive.

He's done a masterful job of balancing time off with proper preparation and mixing business with pleasure during the past four postseasons. O'Connor and Terry teamed up to get the win at Ohio State when Cook was out, but they'll be pushed in the off-season by redshirt freshman Brian Lewerke and true freshman Messiah deWeaver. He said his sore shoulder was fully healed and that he doesn't need offseason surgery.

Ridley continued to show why he's worthy of Julio Jones" and Amari Cooper's roles in the "Bama offense, while the offensive line did a strong job of holding Michigan State's sack-happy rush at bay.

With a laugh, Swinney said: "We shocked them didn't we?" "We're not gonna allow this same result to happen next year".

It appeared that defense would rule the day for both sides until Alabama began to open it up more than halfway through the second quarter.

Hogan completed 12 of 21 passes for 223 yards and one interception. Cox hauled down Ridley at the one-yard line, and that throw set up a one-yard Henry touchdown that broke the scoreless stalemate.

Clemson had an opportunity to regain the lead, marching 65 yards in a little more than a minute, but an interception by the Sooners' Zack Sanchez in the end zone squashed the Tiger scoring opportunity and swung the momentum back Oklahoma's way heading into halftime.

In the first quarter, the senior committed an unforced fumble while scrambling 13 yards back from MSU defenders.

With Alabama favored by 7 points, Clemson is the underdog for a second straight game.

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