By Harry Allison
Bo knows winning!
Four weeks after his two-touchdown performance here in a win over Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough and the No. 1 Crimson Tide returned to Georgia Dome yesterday and defeated No. 4 Washington, 24-7, in the Peach Bowl, one of the College Football Playoff semifinals.
With the win, Alabama (14-0) advanced to the national title game on Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla., where it will play for its second consecutive championship and its fifth in eight years. The Crimson Tide will face Clemson, which defeated Ohio State, 31-0, in the Fiesta Bowl, the other semifinal.
Scarbrough, a sophomore from Northport, Ala., who had struggled with injuries and had been a backup for much of the season, was practically unstoppable, as he swerved past defenders and barreled through those he did not manage to evade. He finished with two touchdowns and 180 yards, a career high. Scarbrough had entered the game ranked fourth on the Alabama roster in rushing yards.
“Bo has really played well for us, especially the second half of the season, when he got healthy,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said. “We’ve been playing him more and more, and he has certainly delivered in a really positive way.”