WATCH: Alabama TE O.J. Howard Exploits Clemson Defense For 53-Yard TD Catch

No better way to get the second half of a national championship game started than to complete a long touchdown pass to take the lead.

After stopping Clemson's offense on the opening possession, Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jake Coker found tight end O.J. Howard wide open down the sideline for a 53-yard touchdown catch-and-run, giving 'Bama the 21-14 lead.

The touchdown was Howard's first of the season. He now has two catches for 78 yards and that TD in the game.

Coker also really needed that big play to help boost his confidence after a lackluster first half. Prior to that pass, he had just 89 yards passing and had been sacked multiple times.

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