The Alabama defenses forces turnovers — always. That’s just what the Crimson Tide do.
In Monday’s national championship game against Clemson, it was linebacker Ryan Anderson that was leading the way for Alabama’s potent defense, scooping up a pair of fumble recoveries — including one in the third quarter that led to a field goal and a 17-7 lead for the Tide.
That wasn’t all Anderson did with that third-quarter recovery. It was the sixth recovered by the senior linebacker during his career at Alabama, tied for the second-most in program history.
Anderson trails only Colenzo Hubbard (1973-76), who had nine career recoveries. Mike DuBose (1972-74) and Murray Legg (1976-78) also each finished their careers with six fumble recoveries.
Here’s a clip of Anderson’s second recovered fumble against the Tigers, which later led to a field goal by Ryan Griffith:
Second fumble recovery by Anderson for BAMA . BAMA leads 17 Clemson 7 start second half . pic.twitter.com/7wqE0noWIG
— Mo Tafolla (@MoTafolla) January 10, 2017
The Tide led Clemson, 17-7, midway through the third quarter. Be sure to follow along with our live blog for updates all night from Tampa.