It will be an all-SEC game for the National Championship in Atlanta next Monday. Fourth-ranked Alabama advanced with a victory over No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl after third-ranked Georgia outlasted No. 2 Oklahoma to win the Rose Bowl.
In New Orleans, Jalen Hurts threw for two touchdowns and the Crimson Tide's defense outscored Clemson's offense in a 24-6 win over the Tigers.
Clemson trailed just 10-6 and had the ball on the Alabama 35 early in the third quarter when a pair of defensive plays allowed the Tide to take command. Defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne picked off a pass by quarterback Kelly Bryant and rumbled 21 yards before a personal foul call added 15 yards to the play. Moments later, Payne re-entered the game and caught a touchdown pass from Hurts.
Bryant was picked off on his next play as the throw was deflected toward Mack Wilson, who went 18 yards for a TD that made it 24-6.
Hurts also threw a first-quarter TD pass to Calvin Ridley in the first quarter to put Alabama ahead 10-0.
It was the third straight year Clemson and Alabama met in the College Football Playoff, with the teams splitting the previous two games.
Georgia's victory in Pasadena was a little tougher. Sony Michel (mih-SHEHL') raced 27 yards for a touchdown to give the Bulldogs a wild 54-48 victory over No. 2 Oklahoma. Michel went from goat to hero after his fourth-quarter fumble was returned 46 yards by Steven Parker II for a TD that put the Sooners ahead 45-38 with 6:52 left in regulation.
Michel ran for 181 yards and three scores for the 13-1 Bulldogs, who scored 24 straight points to take a 38-31 lead early in the fourth quarter.
Nick Chubb added 145 yards rushing, providing a 50-yard TD in the third quarter and a two-yard burst that tied the game with 55 seconds left in regulation.
Oklahoma quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass that gave the Sooners a 17-point lead with 6 seconds left in the first half.