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Alabama keeps the dynasty rolling, beating Clemson in CFP thriller for fourth national title in seven years

Alabama keeps the dynasty rolling, beating Clemson in CFP thriller for fourth national title in seven years

The trademark defense that Alabama rode to the College Football Playoff championship game did not dominate on Monday night against Clemson.

Turns out, it did not need to.

The Crimson Tide put on an offensive show and the special teams overwhelmed in a 45-40 victory at University of Phoenix Stadium that gave Coach Nick Saban his fourth national title at Alabama in seven years.

"We didn't always play pretty in this game," Saban said. "It probably wasn't one of our best games when it just comes to flat execution. But when it comes to competing and making plays when we needed to make them, it was probably as good as it gets."

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