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Alabama wears down Washington 24-7, returns to title game

ATLANTA (AP) For Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, it would be unimaginable to end a season any other way.

Once again, they'll be playing for a national title.

Going old school on playoff newcomer Washington, top-ranked Alabama relied on a stifling defense and the bruising runs of Bo Scarbrough to wear down the Huskies for a 24-7 victory Saturday in the Peach Bowl semifinal game.

Saban isn't satisfied.

He never is.

''We've got more miles to go,'' said Saban, who will be seeking his fifth national title in the last eight years at Alabama, a remarkable run that has stamped him perhaps the greatest coach in college football history.

The Crimson Tide (14-0) scored 10 points off turnovers, including Ryan Anderson's interception return for a touchdown late in the first half, and Scarbrough's 68-yard TD run in the fourth quarter finished off the Huskies.

Scarbrough totaled 180 yards and two scores, garnering offensive MVP honors.

Not bad for a backup.

''Whoever's hot, that's who's going to get the ball,'' Saban said. ''He's been hot lately and he's going to get the ball.''

Seeking its second straight title, Alabama heads to Tampa, Florida, for the Jan. 9 championship game and a rematch against Clemson.

''We're 1-0,'' linebacker Reuben Foster said. ''Now it's time to focus on the next one and leave this behind us.''

No. 4 Washington (12-2) reached the College Football Playoff with a remarkable turnaround season after struggling much of the last two decades - including an 0-12 debacle in 2008.

But Jake Browning and the Huskies' high-powered offense were no match for Alabama's top-ranked defense , even after an impressive drive gave them an early 7-0 edge.

The Tide began to exert its dominance late in the first quarter when Anthony Averett stripped the ball away from John Ross on a screen pass. Jonathan Allen recovered, giving Alabama possession at the Washington 40 and setting up Adam Griffith's 41-yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.

Anderson made an even bigger defensive play with just over a minute to go in the half. With the blitzing Foster bearing down on him, Browning desperately heaved a pass into the flats for Lavon Coleman. But Anderson peeled off to make the pick, knocked Coleman over in the process and was off to the end zone on a 26-yard return that made it 17-7 at the half.

For Alabama, it was the 11th defensive touchdown of the season.

''That's as good a defense as there is out there in college football,'' Washington coach Chris Petersen said. ''They played like it.''

Any hopes of a Washington comeback were snuffed out by Scarbrough, a starter at most schools but not for the deep, talented Tide. On a simple running play to the left, he appeared to be stopped by two players just short of the line of scrimmage.

But Scarbrough somehow managed to stay on his feet and - boom! - he was gone. Streaking down the field in front of the Alabama bench, he avoided another defender with a subtle deke, cut back toward the middle of the field at the Washington 30 and outran everyone to the end zone.

Scarbrough also scored Alabama's first touchdown with a bruising, 18-yard run.

STYMIED HUSKIES

Washington was held to a season-low for points and yards, even after a 64-yard opening drive capped by Browning's 16-yard TD pass to Dante Pettis.

The Huskies finished with 194 yards, below their previous low of 276 in a 26-13 loss to Southern Cal . That was also their lowest-scoring game of the season until they ran up against the Tide.

Browning finished 20 of 38 for just 150 yards. He was sacked five times and picked off twice.

HURTS STRUGGLES

Freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts had been a big part of the Alabama offense, but he didn't have much of an impact in the Peach Bowl.

The youngster was 7 of 14 for 57 yards passing, with three sacks. He ran 19 times for 50 yards.

CHASING BEAR

Saban, who won a BCS championship at LSU, has a chance to join Bear Bryant as the only coaches to capture six national titles in the poll era.

To some, he's already tied with the Bear.

One of Bryant's titles came in 1973 when the Tide was voted No. 1 in the final coaches' poll, which came out before the bowls. Alabama lost in the Sugar Bowl to Notre Dame, handing the Fighting Irish the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll .

UGLY ENDING

A scuffle broke out after Minkah Fitzpatrick's interception in the closing seconds, leading to a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties against Alabama.

Several Washington players were shaken up while chasing down Fitzpatrick, but they all managed to walk off the field while the officials sorted things out.

Two Alabama players - linebacker Reuben Foster and defensive back Ronnie Harrison - headed to the locker room before the game was over. But they were sent off by their coaches, not the officials.

''They were taking some cheap shots,'' Foster said.

UP NEXT

No matter how the Fiesta Bowl turned out, Alabama was set up to face a familiar opponent in the national championship game.

A year ago, the Tide beat Clemson 45-40 in a classic title showdown at Glendale, Arizona. Two seasons ago, Alabama was upset by Ohio State 42-35 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal, and the Buckeyes went on to capture the national championship.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:56
99-A.Griffith extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
24
Touchdown 11:56
9-B.Scarbrough runs 68 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
98
yds
02:54
pos
7
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:13
99-A.Griffith extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 1:21
3-J.Browning incomplete. Intended for 22-L.Coleman INTERCEPTED by 22-R.Anderson at WAS 26. 22-R.Anderson runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
26
yds
0:00
pos
7
16
Field Goal 15:00
99-A.Griffith 41 yards Field Goal is Good.
1
plays
-42
yds
00:00
pos
7
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:01
99-A.Griffith extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 5:01
9-B.Scarbrough runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
78
yds
02:55
pos
7
6
Point After TD 8:01
48-C.Van Winkle extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 8:01
3-J.Browning complete to 8-D.Pettis. 8-D.Pettis runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
64
yds
03:51
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 14 17
Rushing 6 13
Passing 8 3
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 6-17 4-14
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 227 330
Total Plays 67 64
Avg Gain 3.4 5.2
Net Yards Rushing 44 269
Rush Attempts 29 50
Avg Rush Yards 1.5 5.4
Net Yards Passing 183 61
Comp. - Att. 20-38 7-14
Yards Per Pass 4.8 4.4
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-33 2-4
Penalties - Yards 2-10 10-110
Touchdowns 1 3
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 1 0
Other 0 1
Turnovers 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 9-47.0 8-45.9
Return Yards 52 130
Punts - Returns 2-5 1-3
Kickoffs - Returns 3-47 2-45
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-82
Kicking 1/1 4/4
Extra Points 1/1 3/3
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
4 Washington 12-2 70007
1 Alabama 14-0 7100724
183 PASS YDS 61
44 RUSH YDS 269
227 TOTAL YDS 330
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Browning 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.6% 150 1 2 83.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.1% 3430 43 9 167.5
J. Browning 20/38 150 1 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Gaskin 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
237 1373 10
M. Gaskin 10 34 0 10
C. McClatcher 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 131 1
C. McClatcher 1 16 0 16
L. Coleman 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
114 852 7
L. Coleman 7 16 0 5
K. Carta-Samuels 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 4 0
K. Carta-Samuels 1 3 0 3
J. Dotson 10 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
57 260 1
J. Dotson 1 3 0 3
J. Browning 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 -21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 45 4
J. Browning 8 -21 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Gaskin 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 40 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 137 1
M. Gaskin 5 40 0 20
A. Fuller 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 39 0
A. Fuller 3 39 0 16
J. Ross 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
81 1150 17
J. Ross 5 28 0 9
D. Pettis 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 26 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
53 822 15
D. Pettis 3 26 1 16
A. Baccellia 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 98 1
A. Baccellia 1 15 0 15
D. Sample 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 106 0
D. Sample 1 8 0 8
D. Daniels 15 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 307 3
D. Daniels 0 0 0 0
L. Coleman 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 31 0
L. Coleman 0 0 0 0
C. McClatcher 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 -6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 574 5
C. McClatcher 2 -6 0 1
Defense T-A SACK INT
K. King 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 2 0.0
K. King 7-2 0.0 0
D. Beavers 15 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
D. Beavers 6-1 0.0 0
T. Rapp 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 4 0.0
T. Rapp 5-2 0.0 0
J. McIntosh 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 0.0
J. McIntosh 5-2 0.0 0
K. Bierria 7 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
K. Bierria 5-3 0.0 0
B. Baker 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 2 1.0
B. Baker 5-0 1.0 0
E. Qualls 11 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
E. Qualls 4-3 0.0 0
B. Burr-Kirven 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
B. Burr-Kirven 3-2 0.0 0
G. Gaines 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
G. Gaines 2-0 0.0 0
V. Vea 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 1.0
V. Vea 2-2 1.0 0
J. Johnson 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Johnson 2-1 0.0 0
B. Potoa'e 8 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Potoa'e 2-0 0.0 0
A. Baccellia 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Baccellia 1-0 0.0 0
T. Bartlett 17 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
T. Bartlett 1-0 1.0 0
P. Wooching 28 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
P. Wooching 1-1 0.0 0
D. Turpin 66 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Turpin 1-0 0.0 0
S. Jones 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 3 0.0
S. Jones 1-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Van Winkle 48 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 1/1
SEASON FG XP
16/20 75/76
C. Van Winkle 0/0 0 1/1 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Vizcaino 43 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 46.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
51 40.7 1
T. Vizcaino 8 46.6 1 65
J. Browning 3 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 50.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 40.7 1
J. Browning 1 50.0 1 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Ross 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.7 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 24.2 18 1
J. Ross 3 15.7 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Pettis 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 2.5 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
25 11.5 6 2
D. Pettis 2 2.5 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 57 0 0 84.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 2649 22 9 143.6
J. Hurts 7/14 57 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
B. Scarbrough 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 180 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
109 719 9
B. Scarbrough 19 180 2 68
J. Hurts 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 50 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
181 891 12
J. Hurts 19 50 0 33
D. Harris 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 30 0
D. Harris 9 30 0 8
A. Stewart 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 43 0
A. Stewart 2 10 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
O. Howard 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 44 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
41 489 2
O. Howard 4 44 0 16
G. Dieter 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 214 4
G. Dieter 1 10 0 10
C. Ridley 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
C. Ridley 1 6 0 6
A. Stewart 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
52 852 8
A. Stewart 0 0 0 0
J. Jacobs 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -3 0
J. Jacobs 1 -3 0 -3
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Harrison 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
R. Harrison 6-1 0.0 0
Re. Foster 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
Re. Foster 5-3 0.0 0
T. Brown 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.5
T. Brown 5-1 0.5 0
A. Averett 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 1.0
A. Averett 5-3 1.0 0
J. Allen 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
J. Allen 4-2 1.0 0
R. Evans 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
R. Evans 4-2 1.0 0
M. Fitzpatrick 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
M. Fitzpatrick 3-1 0.0 1
R. Anderson 22 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
R. Anderson 3-0 0.0 1
D. Payne 94 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Payne 3-1 0.0 0
D. Tomlinson 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
D. Tomlinson 3-1 0.0 0
T. Williams 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.5
T. Williams 1-1 0.5 0
J. Frazier 69 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Frazier 1-0 1.0 0
D. Hand 9 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Hand 1-0 0.0 0
C. Miller 47 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Miller 1-0 0.0 0
A. Jennings 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Jennings 0-1 0.0 0
O. Smith 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
O. Smith 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Griffith 99 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
20/27 62/63
A. Griffith 1/1 41 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Scott 15 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 45.9 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
54 47.4 3
J. Scott 8 45.9 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Stewart 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 22.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 19.8 25 0
A. Stewart 2 22.5 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Diggs 7 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
13 10.0 3 0
T. Diggs 1 3.0 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:57 WASH 12 1:16 3 7 Punt
11:52 WASH 36 3:51 8 64 TD
4:56 WASH 18 2:18 5 32 FUMBLE
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 WASH 25 2:01 3 -8 Punt
8:54 WASH 9 1:26 3 3 Punt
5:48 WASH 20 0:49 3 0 Punt
2:16 WASH 4 0:55 5 28 INT
1:13 WASH 25 0:58 7 14
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:10 WASH 20 1:53 3 -5 Punt
6:05 WASH 9 1:25 3 -3 Punt
2:32 WASH 30 2:06 5 18
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WASH 48 0:03 1 0 Punt
11:47 WASH 17 3:23 6 8 Punt
7:07 WASH 21 2:24 6 36 Punt
1:53 WASH 45 1:11 6 21 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:30 BAMA 19 1:30 4 -5 Punt
7:56 BAMA 22 2:55 9 78 TD
2:22 WASH 40 1:45 6 17
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WASH 23 0:00 1 23 FG
12:41 BAMA 21 3:38 8 28 Punt
7:20 WASH 45 1:24 3 -2 Punt
4:44 BAMA 44 2:19 6 12 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 BAMA 25 2:36 6 35 Punt
10:04 BAMA 33 3:49 8 12 Punt
4:31 WASH 48 1:50 3 0 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 BAMA 2 2:54 6 98 TD
8:12 BAMA 29 0:52 3 1 Punt
4:35 BAMA 37 2:36 6 18
0:42 BAMA 28 0:18 2 -16