Alabama, Clemson reach CFP title game...Florida crushes Michigan...Greek Freak leads Bucks
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns as top-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 at the Orange Bowl to advance to the CFP national championship game. The Heisman Trophy runner-up completed 24 of 27 passes, with scores to four receivers. Tagovailoa helped the Tide take a 28-0 through the first 17 minutes. Josh Jacobs rushed for 98 yards and Damien Harris had two rushing touchdowns for Alabama.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Second-ranked Clemson advanced to the CFP national championship game as true freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns in a 30-3 rout of No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Lawrence was 27 for 39 and did not throw an interception against a Notre Dame defense that had been one of the best in the country. Freshman receiver Justyn Ross had six catches for 148 yards, including scoring grabs of 42 and 52 yards in the first half. Travis Etienne had a 62-yard scoring run in the third quarter and finished with 109 yards on 14 carries.
ATLANTA (AP) — Lamical Perine had a 5-yard scoring catch and 53-yard touchdown run to lead 10th-ranked Florida’s strong rushing attack in a 41-15 rout of No. 8 Michigan in the Peach Bowl. The Gators racked up 257 yards rushing while Feleipe (feh-LEE’-pay) Franks ran and passed for touchdowns to help Florida cap a 10-3 season in their first year under Dan Mullen. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson led Florida’s defense with two interceptions, including one returned 30 yards for a touchdown.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks continue to own the NBA’s top winning percentage after dominating the first half of a 129-115 win against the Brooklyn Nets. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Bucks improved to 25-10. Khris Middleton scored 29 points despite a quad injury, while former Net Brook Lopez added 24 on 7-of-15 shooting from the 3-point arc.
UNDATED (AP) — Jamal Murray nailed a career-high nine 3-pointers and finished with 46 points to guide the Denver Nuggets past the Suns, 122-118 in Phoenix. Nikola Jokic (YOH’-kihch) added 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Denver, which blew most of a 23-point, second-half deficit before improving to a Western Conference-leading 23-11. And James Harden reached the 40-point mark for the third straight game by finishing with 41 in the Houston Rockets’ ninth win in 10 games, 108-104 at New Orleans.