Watch: Alabama Throws Touchdown Pass to 308-Pound Defensive Lineman Da’Ron Payne

And he set up the drive with an interception!
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Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne stole the show in the third quarter of Monday’s Sugar Bowl against Clemson. 

First, Payne picked off Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant when a hit forced a weak throw. He returned it 21 yards and drew a 15-yard penalty when he was brought down by a horsecollar tackle.

Seven plays later, on second-and-goal from the 1, Payne lined up in the offensive backfield and ran a route in the flat to the corner of the end zone. Jalen Hurts found him with a pass and Payne tapped his toes for the score. 

Subsequent camera angles showed a blatant offensive pass interference penalty committed by Alabama that went uncalled. 

The touchdown made it a two-possession game and the Tide gained more breathing room on the first play after the ensuing kickoff with a pick six.