After one half of play, Alabama leads the game by a score of 14-7, thanks to a couple of rumbling scampers from Bo Scarbrough. The leading rusher has carried the ball 12 times for 76 yards a two scores. As a team, Alabama leads Clemson in the rushing department with 143 yards to 50.
In the passing game, Jalen Hurts has completed 7 out of 16 for 40 yards while DeShaun Watson is 13/23 for 153. For the most part, Watson has been so harassed that he’s either had to take quick, dump off routes or throw the ball away. He’s had a couple of really impressive throws, in standard Watson fashion, but the majority of his yards came on a dump-off where about 10 Alabama defenders couldn’t figure out how to tackle Deon Cain.
Outside of Bo Scarbrough’s two big runs, the Alabama offensive line has mostly struggled to keep Hurts from being chased off the spot on almost every passing attempt. The Clemson defense is jumping snaps and guessing plays regularly, so it’s safe to say they did some film work and found a tell in the Alabama offense. It will be up to Steve Sarkisian to find a way to erase that advantage.
It seems like just a matter of time before the Alabama defense scores yet again. Let’s hope it happens soon and breaks the dam loose for a Tide blowout. That would be nice.
On to the second half! Roll Tide!