Rapid Recap: Alabama manhandles Washington advances to CFP Title Game in Tampa

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While it wasn’t a runaway score right away, Alabama flexed its defensive muscle through 60 full minutes, shutdown the Washington Huskies and punched their ticket for the College Football Playoff Championship Game next Monday night in Tampa.

Washington actually led 7-0 after a 64 yard drive capped on a Jake Browning to Dante Pettis TD. However, the Tide did what they have done for years: made adjustments, squeezed their defensive vice and wrapped up the Peach Bowl win 24-7.

Bo Scarborough was the offensive hero for Bama with 180 yards on 19 carries including this “NFL Man-sized” TD run in the first half:

Scarborough’s 18 yard TD run was symbolic of what the rest of the game would become.

The Huskies actually hung in with good defense of its own and it was only 10-7 at the half. Then, the Tide defense did it, again. For an amazing 11th time, they got a takeaway and took it to the house:

Ryan Anderson’s 26 yard return all but sealed things, as you never felt that the Huskies would be able to score in bunches.

Bama eventually got another TD run of 68 yards from Scarborough that increased the lead to 24-7 and the defense squeezed Browning and Washington the rest of the way.

Final ugly offensive stats: Huskies 29 carries 44 yards, Browning 20 completions but a paltry 150 yards and two INTs. The Tide defense led by All American defensive lineman Jonathan Allen just overwhelmed them with repeated sacks and tackles for loss.

It was the first ever loss to an AP Top 10 team for Huskies coach Chris Petersen who had previously been 5-0 at Washington and Boise State.

Nick Saban will go for his fifth title in eight seasons in Tuscaloosa and his sixth overall, including his championship with LSU.

The unbeaten SEC champion Tide advance to the CFP Championship Game for the second straight year and will look to defend their title in Tampa at Raymond James Stadium.

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