Going into halftime with a 21-0 deficit, things didn't look too bright for the Clemson Tigers in the 2nd half. Freshman QB Phillip Sims was having his way with the Clemson secondary, throwing to whoever he wanted. Coach Draper on the early deficit: "We didn't get off the bus. Point blank period. They smacked us in the mouth. We seemed intimidated." The Clemson defense, which held its first two opponents to a combined 6 points, gave up big play after big play to the #1 team in the nation. "We had a couple breakdowns in our coverage early as the kid Sims was picking apart our different zones. That kid showed a lot of poise for a freshman. He has a bright future ahead of him." Speaking of bright futures, Junior RB Andre Ellington came into the game with a nation-leading 459 rushing yards. The fast Alabama defense limited him to 83 yards & a touchdown. Ellington on Bama's defense: "They're fast. From the d-lineman to the secondary. They're fast. They just swarm all over the place. My cutback lanes weren't there as usual." The 2nd half of this game instantly made this an ESPN Classic. After throwing two crucial picks & losing a fumble in the first half, Tajh Boyd and the Clemson offense started to put points on the board. With the score 28-14, freshman Mike Bellamy returned a kick for touchdown. Alabama then matched with a touchdown return of their own, on the next kickoff. Bellamy then tried to return two consecutive kickoffs before being hawked down on the 5 yard line. Ellington would then punch it in for the last points of the game. Junior RB Trent Richardson also had a decent game, including a dagger 3rd down run late in the 4th quarter. Clemson will host the Seminoles of Florida State next week.