Alabama pulled out all the stops in Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship game, but it was one particular play on special teams that was the difference in the team’s 45-40 win over Clemson.
Trailing 24-21, Alabama elected to kick a field goal and tie the game. But it was the play that followed that was the turning point in the epic matchup.
With Clemson playing the return, set up deep, kicker Adam Griffith produced a perfect pooch kick that bounced off the ground and was caught near the sideline by Marlon Humphrey. By the time he hauled the ball in, viewers finally realized that an onside kick had been pulled off. It was fast.
Basically, the onside kick was one of the best you’ll ever see. It landed right in Humphrey’s hands.
Reminiscent of the game-changing onside kick in Super Bowl XLIV.