When Bo Scarbrough gets going, he can be a hard man to bring down.
The Alabama running back showed that on at least two occasions against Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship Monday when he scored twice to put the Crimson Tide ahead 14-0 in the first half in the eventual last-second 35-31 loss.
On the first run, Scarbrough went 25 yards for the score with 9:23 left in the first quarter. On the run, he received a key block from senior tight end O.J. Howard, then dragged a defender a few yards into the end zone for the score.
On the second run, he went 37 yards – almost untouched – for the touchdown to give Alabama a 14-0 lead with 10:42 to go in the half.
After a slow start to the season, Scarbrough, a sophomore, has been on a hot streak of late for Alabama, which includes a career-high 180-yard and two-touchdown performance in the Crimson Tide’s 24-7 win over Washington in the College Football Playoff semifinal on Dec. 31.
Scarbrough finished the game with 16 carries for 93 yards and two touchdowns, with 12 of the attempts for 76 yards coming in the first half alone. Near the end of the third quarter, he went down with a lower right leg injury and did not return.
Scarbrough ends the season with 812 yards and 11 touchdowns on 125 attempts.
Alabama led 14-7 at halftime after Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson scored on an 8-yard touchdown run with 6:09 left. The Tigers later scored the game-winning touchdown with one second remaining in the fourth quarter.
Alabama and Clemson also played in the national championship last season, which the Crimson Tide won 45-40. Scarbrough did not have any offensive touches in that game.
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