Kenyan Drake, the Dolphins’ next great hope at running back, had exactly 1 rushing yard in January’s national championship game.

And yet, there’s a sporting chance that Clemson, not Alabama, would be champs if Drake wasn’t on the field that night.

That’s because Drake roasted Clemson for one of the most clutch kick returns in college football history. The Tigers had just sliced the Crimson Tide’s lead to four points midway through the fourth quarter. Clemson needed a stop. Alabama needed a spark.

Drake, the career understudy running back, provided the latter.

He caught the Clemson kickoff at the 5 beyond the right hash, cut back left at the 20, broke a tackle, turned the corner, made kicker Greg Huegel miss and then had nothing but open field in front of him.