MIAMI, Fla (WBRC) - Alabama’s 52 points against Ohio State Monday night is the most points scored in a College Football Playoff National Championship game. Nick Saban says if it wasn’t for their offense, they wouldn’t have won the national championship.
“Our offense was really the key to the success of this team. We’re an OK defensive team, not a great defensive team. We played well enough, got enough stops. But the offense was dynamic. That’s what made the difference,” Saban said.
From Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith to quarterback Mac Jones and running back Najee Harris, Alabama’s offense has broken dozens of school, SEC and CFP records.
“Well, to me, this team accomplished more almost than any team. No disrespect to any other teams that we had or any championship teams. But this team won 11 SEC games. No other team has done that. They won the SEC, went undefeated in the SEC, then they beat two great teams in the playoffs with no break in between. This is our fifth game in a row, from LSU to Arkansas to Florida to Notre Dame to here. Played 13 games, went undefeated with all the disruption that we had in this season. I think there’s quite a bit to write about when it comes to the legacy of the team,” said Saban.
Smith, who didn’t play the second half after dislocating his finger, finished Monday night with 12 catches for 215 yards and three touchdowns earning him offensive player of the game. He also broke the SEC record for all-time receiving yards and the record for most catches in a national championship game.
“He’s a great competitor. I heard somebody say he set some kind of record in the first half of the game. Heavens knows what he would have done if he played the whole game. But you’re talking about the ultimate warrior, ultimate competitor. I’m so happy for him that he was recognized as the best player in college football because I don’t think anybody’s done more for their team than he has for our team,” Saban added.
Najee Harris added three touchdowns of his own, the first time Alabama has had a WR and RB to both score three touchdowns each in a game. Jones also had a record night throwing for a career-high 464 yards and five touchdowns.
“I mean, I think we’re the best team to ever play. There’s no team that will ever play an SEC schedule like that again. At the same time we’re just so happy to have won this game and kind of put the icing on the cake. There was not a lot of pressure. We just wanted to go out there and play the game we’ve been playing since we were all five years old. We did that really well. I think you just have to give credit where credit’s due with everybody,” said Jones.
“Well, we had a mission. Everybody wanted to end things the right way. We just all came to work every day and just put in the work. We got the result that we wanted,” said Smith.