Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith led the Crimson Tide to a resounding 52-24 victory against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday.
The Heisman Trophy winner finished with 12 catches for 215 yards and three TDs in the Crimson Tide’s win against Ohio State. He set a series of records as a result. The ridiculous part? Smith did all that in the first half before leaving in the third quarter with a hand injury.
A look at Smith’s absurd receiving numbers in the 2020 season:
Smith broke the record of receptions in a CFP championship game before halftime. Clemson’s Hunter Renfrow held the previous record with 10 catches against Alabama on Jan. 9, 2017.
Smith broke the record for receiving TDs in a CFP championship game with three TDs in the first half alone. Four different players had two TD catches in the CFP championship game.
Yards in a half: 215
Smith put up 215 yards in the first half against the Buckeyes. That broke the record for receiving yards in a half, which was set by Alabama’s O.J. Howard – who had 183 yards in the second half against Clemson on Jan. 11, 2016. Smith just missed the single-game record set by Ja’Marr Chase, who had 221 receiving yards against Clemson in last year’s CFP championship game.
Two-game receiving yards: 345
Smith finished with 345 receiving yards in the two Playoff games against Notre Dame and Ohio State. That broke the record set by Justin Jefferson, who had 333 receiving yards in two games for LSU last season.
Two-game TDs: 6
Smith scored six TDs in the College Football Playoff wins against Notre Dame and Ohio State. That tied the record set by Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott, who scored six TDs in the 2014 CFP.
SEC receiving yards: 1,856
Smith set the SEC single-season record with 1,856 yards. That breaks the record set by Chase, who had 1,780 receiving yards last season.
SEC receiving TDs: 23
Smith set the single-season record for receiving TDs with 23. Chase scored 20 TDs last season for LSU.
Career receiving TDs: 46
Smith finished with 46 career TD receptions. That’s the most by a Power 5 receiver in FBS history. Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles caught 45 TDs from 2008-11.