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Alabama notes: Derrick Henry breaks another Alabama record

Alabama's Derrick Henry (2) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
Alabama's Derrick Henry (2) dives into the end zone for a touchdown during the first half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Clemson Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) AP

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Add Derrick Henry's name to the top of another Alabama record.

Midway through the third quarter of Monday night's national championship game, Henry broke Shaun Alexander's career record for rushing yards at Alabama.

Henry, who didn't play much as a freshman, essentially surpassed the mark in two seasons. He led the Tide in rushing as a sophomore, and put together a 2,000-plus yard season this year.

Henry's 50-yard touchdown run on the second offensive drive of the night pushed his consecutive games with a touchdown streak to 20, currently the longest active streak in the nation, and the longest by an SEC player in the past 20 years (eclipsing Tim Tebow's streak of 14 games from 2006-07). The streak is also the longest in Alabama history, with the previous high being 10 by Terry Davis across the 1971 and 1972 seasons from Nov. 6, 1971-Oct. 21, 1972.

Henry's last game without a touchdown came against LSU on Nov. 8, 2014.

Henry passed the century mark early in the first half.

It's the 16th time in his career, and marked his 10th 100-plus game this season. The 10 this season is the most in Crimson Tide history, passing Trent Richardson (2011) and Mark Ingram (2009) who shared the previous record of nine 100-yard games in a single season in Alabama history. His 16 career 100-yard-plus games is also an Alabama all-time mark the all-time mark, passing the previous high which was held by Shaun Alexander (1996-99) and Bobby Humphrey (1985-88).

Howard makes big plays

Coming into the game, Alabama tight end O.J. Howard hadn't caught a touchdown pass all season. In fact, Howard hadn't caught a touchdown since his freshman year (2013).

But early in the third quarter, Howard would change that. Because of a busted coverage, Howard was alone and Coker found him for a 53-yard touchdown.

Howard found the end zone again with 9:45 left in the contest. He was once again wide open and Coker hit him in stride for a 51-yard score. At that point, Howard had four catches for 145 yards and two scores.

Former players in attendance

Alabama's sideline was full of former players who are either active in the NFL, or played in the league, including: Amari Cooper, Landon Collins, Marcell Dareus, D.J. Fluker, Mark Ingram, Rashad Johnson, Julio Jones, C.J. Mosley, DeMeco Ryans, Ed Stinson, Carson Tinker, Shaun Alexander, Barrett Jones and DeAndrew White. Ingram, the Crimson Tide's first Heisman Trophy winner and currently with the New Orleans Saints.

Ingram was an honorary captain for the game.

Captains

Alabama permanent captains represented the team for the coin toss at the national championship. Derrick Henry, Ryan Kelly, Reggie Ragland and Jake Coker took the field prior to the contest.

Alabama picked heads, but lost the toss.

The Tigers won the opening toss and elected to defer to the second half, with the Crimson Tide receiving the ball to start Monday night's contest.

Tide record under Saban at the half

Alabama went to halftime tied up with Clemson, 14-14. Under head coach Nick Saban, the Tide was 4-3 when tied at halftime. Alabama's four wins under Saban when tied at the halfway point were: at LSU in 2008 (27-21), at Auburn in 2009 (26-21), against Tennessee in 2011 (37-6) and also versus the Volunteers this season (19-14).

First-half points

With Henry's 50-yard touchdown run on Alabama's second offensive drive, the Tide has scored in the first half of its last 118 games, the longest streak in the nation. The last time the Tide failed to score in the first half was on Sept. 29, 2007, when Alabama and Florida State headed into halftime in a scoreless tie. The Seminoles won that game, 21-14.

Alabama has now scored in 198 consecutive games -- the longest streak in program history.

-- Contact Anniston Star Sports Writer Marq Burnett at mburnett@annistonstar.com. On Twitter:@Marq_Burnett.

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