DeVonta Smith watched his teammates close out the national championship victory on the sideline as he never returned from an injury suffered in the first possession of the third quarter. He finished the championship game with 12 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half. What a performance.
Update After 3Q
It seems likely DeVonta Smith’s day is done. Alabama is up 45-24, and he has yet to return from an injury suffered on the first possession of the third quarter.
Update 2:52 3Q It’s not looking great for the Heisman Trophy winner to return.
DeVonta Smith headed to the locker room with a towel over his right hand. pic.twitter.com/PX8mtwHT9V— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 12, 2021
Update 7:47 3Q
DeVonta Smith missed the majority of Alabama’s first drive of the third quarter and remains inside the medical tent with an apparent injury to his hand.
It will be interesting to see who the game’s MVP will be. Haha just kidding, it’s DeVonta Smith. 12 catches. 215 yards. 3 touchdowns. He’s on a different level, and this game should have him shooting up NFL Draft boards. Alabama leads 35-17 at the half.
Update 1:48 2Q
DeVonta Smith updates cannot come quick enough. The man cannot be stopped. Smith got behind the Ohio State defense and went 42 yards for his third touchdown of the game. He now has 12 catches for 215 yards. Incredible. Crimson Tide lead 35-17 late in the first half.
Update 3:19 2Q
Ohio State had to spend a ton of time focusing on how to stop DeVonta Smith, but it’s simply not working. Whether he’s open or not, he’s making plays and putting together an incredible half of football. The Heisman winner caught another 5-yard touchdown reception, and he has 11 catches for 173 yards and two touchdown. In the first half. In the national championship.
Update 9:00 2Q
Simply unstoppable. We’re watching greatness, people. DeVonta Smith can do things that very few others on this planet can do. What a grab for 16 yards as he has gone over the 100-yard mark early in the second quarter. Alabama finished this drive with a 26-yard score for Najee Harris on a reception to give the Crimson Tide a 21-14 lead.
DeVonta Smith. That's it. That's the tweet. pic.twitter.com/xXqGuk9lmq— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) January 12, 2021
Update 14:53 2Q
DeVonta Smith scored his first touchdown of the game on a 5-yard score on third and goal. Alabama leads 14-7. He already has six receptions for 83 yards with a touchdown. Yep, he was the Heisman Trophy winner.
What a play call by Sark, bringing Smith towards the quarterback then immediately to the outside with no coverage, leading to the touchdown.— Lukas Weese (@Weesesports) January 12, 2021
That is DeVonta’s 44th touchdown this season. #RollTide #NationalChampionship
Update After 1Q
DeVonta Smith found some space in the Ohio State secondary on consecutive plays. The first went for 32 yards, and the second was a 12-yard gainer. The Buckeyes decided to cover him later in the drive as he went for just three yards on a reception, though he gained a first down. He already has five receptions for 78 yards. The Crimson Tide are threatening to score on the first play of the second quarter with the game tied at 7.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are taking on the Ohio State Buckeyes for the 2020-21 College Football Playoff national title. The Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith should be one of the biggest difference-makers in this game. We’ll be tracking the Alabama star wide receiver’s stats throughout the game.
Smith put together as good of a season that a wide receiver can have. He comes into this game with 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns. In his last time out in a 31-14 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the semifinal game, Smith caught seven passes for 130 yards with three touchdowns for the Tide.
Smith and Heisman finalist Mac Jones developed an immediate connection, and they lead an incredibly powerful Alabama offense. In addition, Jaylen Waddle appears to be ready to go, which could allow more space for Smith to do what he’s done all season long, which is dominate opposing defenses.