College football national title game in tweets

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Fandings is tracking tonight’s best tweets during the college football national championship game:

First quarter

Most of the early attention was given to Bill Walton’s decision to show up to work like this:

And to 36-year-old Big 12 referee Mike Defee and his enormous biceps:

The refs then got attention another way … by not doing their jobs. Sure looks like targeting. How is this not worthy of an ejection?

Kansas City Star sports editor Jeff Rosen was not amused:

Anyway, Alabama struck first in impressive fashion, as Bo Scarbrough scored from 25 yards out:

From another angle, it looked a lot like this:

Clemson seemed to grab back momentum with a partially blocked punt:

But Clemson pretty much immediately gave that momentum away with a fumble.

Probably not helping the Tigers is that they keep getting drilled in their heads:

The score after the first quarter … 7-0 Alabama

Second quarter

Not much happened early in the second quarter, so of course:

Then, Alabama started dominating again, running over Clemson’s defense, and Scarbrough capped the drive with a 37-yard TD run. 14-0 Tide.

For Clemson, it looked more like this:

And FS1’s Skip Bayless basically contends the game is over because Clemson’s Deshaun Watson isn’t playing well … with 10 minutes left in the second quarter:

Most of the media probably didn’t see Alabama’s touchdown, though, because they still were in line for donuts:

It’s hard not to agree with Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel here:

Bayless was wrong (shocking, I know). It’s a ballgame again. Watson runs in a touchdown from 8 yards out to help the Tigers cut the Crimson Tide lead to 14-7:

And at the same time, this probably happened somewhere:

Alabama and Clemson demonstrate their superb punting abilities the rest of the half, and the Associated Press’ Ralph Russo asks an interesting question:

I’m going to go with yes, especially when you have the guy on the left here:

And that leads us to halftime. We’ve got a good one. It’s Alabama 14, Clemson 7, or for all the nerds out there …

Third quarter

I’m glad I didn’t spend halftime chatting with this caller:

Alabama’s defense recovers a fumble on the opening drive of the second half and inexplicably begins celebrating with a championship belt on the sideline:

Probably a premature celebration because Clemson holds Alabama to a field goal, and it’s 17-7 Tide:

On the next drive, the Tigers looks like they might go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Alabama 43. But Watson pooches the ball instead, pinning the Tide at their 5-yard line. Nearly everyone is impressed:

Walton, on the other hand, was nonplussed … probably because he doesn’t seem to care about the game:

Watson’s punt proved pivotal as Alabama’s drive stalls, giving Clemson great field position. And the Tigers capitalize as Hunter Renfrow scores on a 24-yard catch-and run, making the score 17-14:

Legendary musician Charlie Daniels describes the situation perfectly:

With six minutes left in the quarter, Alabama has 49 passing yards. All things considered, it’s pretty remarkable the Tide still lead this Dallywacker. But with defense like this:

Upon further review, not sliding on that run probably was ill-advised:

If you think that hit is special, so is former Alabama running back Derrick Henry’s hair tonight:

And, of course, just after I insult ‘Bama’s passing game, tight end O.J. Howard goes 68 yards untouched into the end zone. It’s 24-14 in favor of the Tide:

And that’s it for the third quarter:

Fourth quarter

After Clemson spent the final moments of the third quarter driving relatively easily down the field, Mike Williams opens the fourth by hauling in a 4-yard touchdown pass from Watson.

Was it a pick play? Probably. But it doesn’t matter. Clemson cuts Alabama’s lead to 24-21:

Clemson keeps getting opportunities because of Alabama’s putrid (other than one play) passing game:

The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro thinks the difference might be offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin being dumped by Alabama a week before tonight’s game:

Clemson finally gets its offense going in the fourth quarter, setting up a probable touchdown with this play:

And on the next play, Clemson cashes in for its first lead at 28-24 after a Wayne Gallman run. It’s the first time Alabama has trailed in the fourth quarter since last season … against Clemson

And Alabama fans feeling like:

Cheer up, young lad, Alabama reclaims the lead in a jiffy, as Jalen Hurts runs 30 yards for a touchdown:

Because sad fan photos never get old:

This is a fairly entertaining game. Or as USA Today’s Dan Wolken puts it:

Amazing. Clemson scores with 1 second left. Watson to Renfrow will go down as one of the most famous plays in college football history:

Clemson gets its revenge on Alabama and wins the national championship 35-31.

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Until the next instant classic, I’ll leave you with this: