It had been three games since Alabama missed an extra point, tying the longest stretch of games without a miss this season. But then the first half of the national championship happened.
After UA tight end Hale Hentges caught a 1-yard pass from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in the end zone to score the Crimson Tide’s second touchdown, Joseph Bulovas missed his PAT attempt. The ball knocked the right upright in the process. He made his earlier attempt, though.
Through halftime of the national championship, the Crimson Tide made 83 of its 92 extra points. It will finish the season having been perfect in nine of its 15 games.
Also for the Alabama special teams, Jaylen Waddle had a 7-yard punt return to set up UA’s final drive of the first quarter that capped off with a 25-yard field goal by Bulovas in the second quarter. Bulovas then sent his 58-yard kickoff out of bounds, which allowed Clemson to take over at its own 35-yard line.
The Crimson Tide called for a fake field goal on fourth and six from the Clemson 22. Holder Mac Jones ran with the ball behind Bulovas, but was quickly tackled for a two-yard loss.
Clemson kicker Greg Huegel made a 36-yard field goal with less than a minute left in the first half. He was 4-for-4 on extra-point attempts in the first half. Will Spiers punted twice for 89 yards, averaging 44.5 yards per boot through two quarters.
Alabama’s Mike Bernier punted once in the second quarter for 45 yards.