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Nick Saban was 97-0 when leading by double digits entering the 4th quarter. Clemson just beat them

Dabo did it.

NCAA Football: CFP National Championship-Clemson vs Alabama Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Death. Taxes. Nick Saban in the 4th quarter.

Leading up to the national title game, Nick Saban was an astonishing 97-0 when leading by double digits heading into the 4th quarter. And with the Crimson Tide holding a 24-14 lead, things didn’t look good for the Clemson Tigers.

But nobody told Mike Williams that. Or Deshaun Watson. Or the rest of the Tigers.

The Tigers scored 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the game winning touchdown with just a second left, to win their second national title, upsetting Alabama, 35-31.

They did that thanks to some monster grabs by Mike Williams, who finished with eight catches for 88 yards. They did it thanks to a huge second half from Deshaun Watson. And they did it with a defense that just wouldn’t quit.

That alone is outstanding and unique. But to do it while shattering a nearly 100 game winning streak? And beating Alabama for the first time since 1905? Simply unreal.