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Alabama vs. Clemson: Halftime Notes

Matthew Emmons - USA TODAY Sports

Alabama leads the Clemson Tigers 14-7 at halftime. Here are some noteworthy statistics from the first half of action.

Tonight has been more of the same in regards to Jalen Hurts’ play. He is only completing 43-percent of his passes for only 40 yards. However, he has continued to be a threat at times with his legs — rushing for 26 yard on five carries. He hasn’t cost the Alabama offense with any costly turnovers, so expect a continued cautious approach in the second half.


Bo Scarbrough has been far and away the most productive player so far in this game for Alabama’s offense. In the first half, he carried the ball 12 times for 76 yards and two touchdowns. For the sake of reference, Derrick Henry ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries in last year’s national championship game against the Clemson Tigers.

Rueben Foster yet again leads the team in tackles currently with seven total tackles — three solo — along with one tackle for a loss and one sack. His elite closing speed has been on display, but he has also uncharacteristically missed several tackles tonight as well.

After throwing for four touchdowns in last year’s match up against the Tide, Deshaun Watson has not thrown for one yet in this game. He has made some exceptional throws, however. Expect to see him get going as the game wears on.

Clemson currently leads Alabama is total yards (203 to 183), time of possession (16:15 to 13:35) and third down conversion percentage (36.4-percent to 25.0-percent). Momentum seems to be swinging in Clemson’s favor, and they get the ball to start the second half. These first few minutes of the third quarter could be crucial in determining the outcome of this game.

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