Jalen Hurts Scores Winning Touchdown After Tagovailoa Injury

Jalen Hurts Scores Winning Touchdown After Tagovailoa Injury

Tagovailoa seemed like he would be a runaway Heisman victor heading into the final month of the season, but Murray closed the gap by continually bailing out Oklahoma's faulty defense.

Hurts was clearly happy with the win, but the sting of being sidelined for poor performance on national television was taking a clear toll on the then-19-year-old.

Afterward in an on-field interview, Nick Saban got emotional and choked up while talking about Hurts.

Tagovailoa is Alabama's eighth Heisman finalist, joining David Palmer (1993), Jay Barker (1994), Mark Ingram (2009), Trent Richardson (2011), AJ McCarron (2013), Amari Cooper (2014) and Derrick Henry (2015).

As most people predicted, Alabama won the SEC championship game Saturday, but basically nothing else about the game against Georgia - a rematch from last year's national championship game - was predictable. The day after Grier went toe-to-toe with Murray, Haskins tore apart a MI defense that went into the final game allowing just 13.5 points per game.

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We won't have any more games for these players to prove themselves, but they've given us a boatload of highlights over the course of the season. The comeback stunned Georgia (11-2), which led 28-14 late in the third quarter before giving up 21 unanswered points to its longtime rival.

The whole thing is an huge show of character for the two young teammates.

Alabama and Georgia will square off for the second time this year in the SEC Championship from Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Alabama was outgained in total yards (454-403) and dominated in time of possession (Georgia held the ball for more than 35 minutes), but Saban's team found a way to do what it does better than anyone: win. "To me, after being around him it might be easy for me to say that, how special of a player he is, but to me it's obvious". You know Kelly Bryant is going to be sought-after, Jalen Hurts is going to be sought-after.

"Sooner Nation, we just got some great news", Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in a video posted to Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.

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