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Clemson's Ben Boulware celebrates after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Clemson upset Alabama 35-31 in the last second of the college football championship

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The Clemson University Tigers upset the Alabama University Crimson Tide 35-31 Monday night in an instant classic College Football National Championship game.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw the game-winning touchdown with one second remaining to complete the upset. 

Alabama was the top-ranked team all season and was undefeated heading into Monday night. Coach Nick Saban had never lost a championship game before. In 2016, Alabama beat Clemson 45-40 for the title.

Here's the game-winning pass to Hunter Renfrow.

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Alabama's Bo Scarbrough sits on the ground after being hurt during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

All Alabama fans can do is speculate now. Coach Nick Saban fired offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin last week and brought in Steve Sarkisian to replace him. Star running back Bo Scarbrough was injured in the third quarter and had to leave the game. 


Scarbrough's dominant first half gave Alabama an early lead.

Clemson upset Alabama 35-31 in the last second of the college football championship

WATCH | Clemson players were, as you can imagine, extremely excited after the game. 

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Clemson's Ben Boulware breaks up a pass intended for Alabama's Gehrig Dieter during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Clemson's Deshaun Watson throws during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney kisses the championship trophy after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Alabama's ArDarius Stewart runs during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Clemson fans celebrate after the team scored the game-winning touchdown during the NCAA college football playoff championship against Alabama, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Clemson, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
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An Alabama fan reacts to a Clemson touchdown during the first half of the NCAA college playoff championship football game, as fans watch television coverage of the game Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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Alabama's Jalen Hurts warms up before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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Clemson's Wayne Gallman warms up before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Clemson's Wayne Gallman celebrates his touchdown run with teammate Deon Cain (8) during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Clemson's Ben Boulware celebrates after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Clemson's Ben Boulware celebrates after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
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Clemson's Cordrea Tankersley warms up before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Here's a look at the best photos of the game and fan reactions. 

Watson's win didn't come easy. He took a lot of hits from Alabama's fierce defense.

Sports Twitter continued to be weird, glorifying ref Mike Defee's arms.

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