O.J. Howard very well might be the subject of Clemson defensive backs' nightmares.

Howard was left wide open on a deep pattern down the sideline in the third quarter of Monday's national title game against the Tigers for a 68-yard catch-and-run touchdown to extend the Tide's lead to 24-14 at the time. The home run play marked a new career-long reception for Howard — surpassing the 63-yard score he had in last year's championship bout with Clemson.

For those who don't remember Alabama vs. Clemson, Part I last January, Howard burned the Tigers defense for 208 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns in an Alabama win. It's safe to say Howard has Clemson's number.

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