Alabama defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne (94) steps in on offense and pulls in a touchdown reception in the second half of the Sugar Bowl against Clemson. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

Alabama's Da'Ron Payne lived out a defensive lineman's dream _ or maybe two _ in a huge Sugar Bowl sequence. Linebacker Mack Wilson then tried to one-up him.

First the 6-foot-2, 308-pound Payne picked off a pass from Clemson's Kelly Bryant and returned it 21 yards in the third quarter, with a horse collar penalty tacked on at the end. Then he went to the sideline and collected Alabama's Ball Out Belt for getting a turnover.  

Payne came back in, presumably in his role as a beefy blocker in goal line situations. Instead, he caught a 1-yard touchdown pass just across the goal line for a 17-6 lead.

Wilson, who missed a couple of games late in the season with a foot injury, picked off a deflected pass and ran it 18 yards for a touchdown.

On Payne's touchdown, fellow defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, a more petite 285-pounder, freed his line mate up with a block that knocked out two defenders.

Payne is an All-Southeastern Conference lineman came into the game with 45 tackles and one sack. That was the junior's first career interception but he did return a fumble for a touchdown against Mississippi last season. 


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