Watch: Jake Coker hits O.J. Howard for 53-yard touchdown
Alabama drew first blood in the second half.
Crimson Tide quarterback Jake Coker found O.J. Howard wide open down the right sideline for a 53-yard touchdown to give Alabama a 21–14 lead early in the third quarter of the national championship game. Howard hauled in the pass near the 25-yard line and ran untouched for the score.
The touchdown was Howard's first score of the season.