Monday night's 44-16 beatdown in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship was a shocker, to say the least. But it was also a historic loss for both Nick Saban as a head coach and Alabama as a program.
Clemson's 28-point rout of the Crimson Tide shattered the previous record of 14 points for Saban's worst loss at Alabama. It was also the worst loss Saban has suffered as a head coach between both the NFL and college football since 2006 when he was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Just so people understand: Prior to last night the worst loss by a Nick Saban coached Alabama team was 14 points. Last night in the National Championship game... they lost by 28— trey wingo (@wingoz) January 8, 2019
Prior to Monday night's result, two of Saban's Alabama teams had lost by a 14-point margin spanning his entire 12-season career with the Crimson Tide. The first of these two losses came to Utah in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, 31-17, and the second of which came to Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl, 45-31.
Nick Saban’s largest margin of defeat in his career as a head coach was 41 points to top-ranked Nebraska back in 1996. This was Saban’s third year ever as a head coach. He was with Michigan State. Clemson looks like they’re going for that record.— Nate Stein (@nstein14) January 8, 2019
This was also Alabama's first loss of more than 15 points in more than 12 years since the Tide lost to an Urban Meyer-coached Florida team in 2006, and it's the program's worst loss overall since falling 38-7 to Virginia Tech in the 1998 Music City Bowl.
The National Championship beatdown was also just Saban's 21st loss in 162 games at the helm of the Crimson Tide. Saban's overall record with Alabama is 162-21. Saban also missed his shot at a seventh National Championship win to surpass Paul "Bear" Bryant for sole possession of the most titles by any individual head coach in FBS history.
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