Alabama needs one more win to claim its 17th national title.
The No. 1 Crimson Tide disposed of the No. 4 Washington Huskies 24-7 Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in the semifinals of the College Football Playoff. The win punches Bama's ticket to its second straight national championship game.
The Tide will take on the winner of the Fiesta Bowl between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Clemson. The championship game will be played at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL on Jan. 9.
Washington (12-2) struck first with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Jake Browning to Dante Pettis in the opening quarter. But the Tide responded with 24-unanswered points.
“After the first series I thought we played pretty well. People like these guys have a script, they did some stuff that got us a little off-balance and we didn’t do our responsibilities. But after we got the flow of the game, I thought we did pretty well on defense,” Bama head coach Nick Saban said.
Running back Bo Scarbrough crossed the goal line twice with runs of 18 and 68 yards. He finished with 180 yards on 19 carries.
“Bo’s been playing pretty well for us the last three or four games. We wanted to play him more. He’s hard to tackle. He’s big and powerful. He’s playing with a lot of confidence and he did a great job for us today,” Saban said,
Bama's defense even got in on the scoring. Linebacker Ryan Anderson intercepted Browning just before halftime and returned it 26 yards to the end zone.
Jalen Hurts underwhelmed at quarterback with just 57 yards and seven completions on 14 attempts. But he ran the ball 19 times and gained 50 yards. His longest run went for 33 yards.
Fortunately for the Tide, their defense dominated the Pac-12 Champion Huskies all game. Bama held Washington to just 194 yards and forced two turnovers. Defensive lineman Jonathan Allen recovered a fumble in the first half and Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted Browning on the Huskies' final drive of the game
Saturday's game marked the final Peach Bowl in the Georgia Dome. The game will move across the street to Mercedes-Benz Stadium next year. Alabama will open the season against Florida State on Sept. 2.
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