Orange Bowl

Tigers defense puts clamps on Sooners' power offense

The 14-0 Tigers earned a spot in the National Championship Game when their defense went to work in the third quarter after trailing Oklahoma 17-16 at halftime. Clemson held the Sooners offense scoreless in the second half. Meanwhile, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for one touchdown and rushed for 145 yards, and the Tigers scored 21 unanswered points to win 37-17. C5

cotton Bowl

Alabama's dominance over Michigan State is complete

The Crimson Tide's much-vaunted defense lived up to its billing, making the Big Ten champion Spartans appear overmatched on both sides of the ball in a 38-0 drubbing. While the Crimson Tide defense was allowing MSU only one trip to the red zone and piling up four sacks, Alabama quarterback Jay Coker put on nearly a flawless exhibition, completing 25 of 30 passes for 286 yards. C5

National Championship Game

(1) Clemson vs. (2) Alabama • 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 (ESPN)

Today's Big Ten bowls

Outback Bowl

Northwestern vs. Tennessee

11 a.m. (ESPN2)

Citrus Bowl

Michigan vs. Florida

Noon (Ch. 5)

Fiesta Bowl

Ohio State vs. Notre Dame

Noon (ESPN)

Rose Bowl

Iowa vs. Stanford

4 p.m. (ESPN)

Coverage on C6