Can anyone stop Bo Scarbrough?
One and a half weeks after the 6-foot-2, 228-pound Alabama running back scorched Washington for 180 yards in a Peach Bowl victory, he continued his torrid Playoff pace in Monday's national championship matchup with Clemson, opening the game's scoring with two long touchdown runs in the first half.
On Alabama's second offensive drive of the first quarter, Scarbrough took a hand-off to the left side, outran a hoard of Tigers defenders and carried the last would-be tackler into the end zone as he crashed into the pylon for a game-opening 25-yard score.
Here's another angle of the play, thanks to the magic of the pylon cam:
Pylon cam > pic.twitter.com/KJWn17nON8— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) January 10, 2017
In the second frame, Scarbrough once again broke free down the left side behind a lane of blockers and an effortless stiff arm for a 37-yard touchdown run to move the Tide's lead to 14-0. He's now the only player since the BCS was introduced in 1998 to rush for two touchdowns of at least 25 yards in a national championship game.
The pair of scores marked Scarbrough's fifth and sixth touchdown runs over the last three games. He had five through the previous 10 games.
Alabama has a recent history of relying on its big, physical backs to win the national title. Scarbrough could be the latest in this lineage as the Tide go for the repeat.