O.J. Howard, Alabama
The junior tight end had a game for the ages, catching five passes for 208 yards and touchdowns of 53 and 51 yards after Clemson blew the coverage. But his biggest moment might have been his 63-yard run and catch on a screen pass that took the Crimson Tide from its 23 to the Clemson 14 in the final four minutes.
Kevin Dodd, Clemson
The defensive end gave Alabama fits all night. He sacked quarterback Jake Coker three times and had five tackles for loss.
By the numbers
5 National championships for Nick Saban, four at Alabama and one at LSU. Only Alabama's Bear Bryant, with six, has more.
478 Yards of offense for Clemson QB Deshaun Watson, a record in a national championship game.
210 Total receiving yards for Howard during nine Southeastern Conference games this season. He eclipsed that Monday night.
40 Combined fourth-quarter points, the most in a national title game.