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Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | January 9, 2017

WATCH: O.J. Howard breaks free for 68-yard touchdown catch

  O.J. Howard burned Clemson's defense in the national championship for the second straight year.

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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