There's no shame in losing the ultimate game, but there is pain and plenty of it.
He put an exclamation point on his statement drive with a 2-yard flip to Crimson Tide killer Hunter Renfrow."We weren't leaving here without that trophy." People will question Saban's decision to replace offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin with Steve Sarkisian one week ago. The Alabama offense did struggle to put together drives, Jalen Hurts did continue to flounder in the passing game and the Tide took just 66 snaps to Clemson's 99.Bo Scarbrough going down and out after marauding to two touchdowns didn't help.Turned out, the Alabama offense scored too quick because the Alabama defense was too gassed and Watson and the Clemson offense were too good. The 26-game winning streak is gone, as are so many players who made so many plays during their storied careers.History will judge them as champions themselves, but the last chapter will say they came up one play short and one second shy.