Washington came into the game a huge underdog, but hopeful that it would be able to pull off the upset. As two touchdown underdogs, the chances were long… and they only got longer.
Washington opened the scoring with an early touchdown, taking a 7-0 lead. They wouldn’t smell the redzone again for the rest of the game, starting most drives deep in their own territory and rarely getting past midfield.
The Alabama defense, lauded all year for it’s ability to stuff on the run, play tight coverage and produce points, did all of those things in this game.
Alabama first tied the game with an 18-yard touchdown run by Bo Scarbrough, and a field goal from 41 yards gave them the lead. With the game looking as if it would be 10-7 in favor of Alabama going into the half, that Crimson Tide defense that scored more points then any other reared its snarling head again:
With a ten-point deficit, 17-7, the Washington offense would have to kick into gear if it had hopes of extending their season. They failed to do so. While the Huskies defense did well to limit Alabama’s effectiveness, they were listless when trying to move the ball on offense. E
ventually all of the quick, three-play drives by the offense exhausted the defense, and Washington was gashed again by Scarbrough for the decisive blow:
The 68-yard run, capped with a touchdown was the final score of the game; 24-7. Alabama played a complete game against a Washington offense that is balanced and effective.
The Crimson Tide will be a handful for whichever team wins tonight’s matchup between Ohio State and Clemson.
Bo Scarbrough finished the game with 19 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts only threw 14 passes in this game, completing seven for only 57 yards. If Washington was able to slow the run down, even slightly, it might have stood a better chance.
Alabama will face the winner of tonight’s Fiesta Bowl on Jan.9 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
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