Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban shouldered some of the blame for his team's 44-16 defeat to the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night.

"I have a feeling I didn't do a very good job for our team...never got comfortable with what we needed to do on defense," Saban said after the game, per USA Today's Dan Wolken. "Our secondary vs their receivers. It was bothering me going into the game and as it unfolded, those matchups were a big difference."

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns, while fellow freshman Justyn Ross caught six passes for 153 yards and a score.