See DeVonta Smith dominate Ohio State, break records in the CFP National Championship Game
In Monday's CFP National Championship Game against Ohio State, Smith and Alabama's offense were just showing off.
Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, all CFP and BCS records for a first half, on his way to the Offensive Player of the Game award. The receptions total and touchdowns mark are the most for a player in a single game in CFP National Championship Game history, and the receiving yards are just short of Ja'Marr Chase's 221 yards against Clemson last year.
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The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner was running in and around the Ohio State defense from the opening kickoff. He had two catches on the Alabama first drive, then began the second drive with a 31-yard catch.
Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian got creative for Smith's first touchdown of the night.
On Alabama's fourth drive, Smith made his best catch of the day, along the Crimson Tide sideline for 16 yards.
Smith continued to dispatch of the Buckeyes on that drive. Despite (less than stellar) double coverage, Smith had a catch-and-run of 44 yards to set up the Crimson Tide in the red zone.
Cap it off with Smith in the flat from Alabama quarterback Mac Jones for another touchdown.
Even on a simple punt return that gained 19 yards, it seemed like Smith would create another highlight. But the Hard Rock Stadium crowd did not have to wait long, because Smith would score on an easy-looking 42-yard touchdown catch in the final minutes of the first half.
Even Alabama coach Nick Saban gave Smith props at halftime before returning to his usual coach-speak.
"He's doing a great job of making plays for us," Saban told ESPN at halftime. "Sark's doing a great job of putting him into position to make plays. The whole offense is really playing well."
Smith would not continue his dominance in the second half due to a hand injury, but his first-half performance will go into Alabama lore among the best individual single-game efforts under Nick Saban.