As expected, Alabama controlled most aspects of the game en route to their fourth straight National Championship appearance. His status for the Orange Bowl Playoff game with Alabama was questionable because of a foot injury he suffered in the fourth quarter of the Big 12 Championship game.
Alabama coach Nick Saban joked, "I'm glad he did slide because I don't know if we could have tackled him, and the thing about him is that he's such a good passer".
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For most of the offseason, Kyler Murray's 2018 football campaign was discussed as a one-off with Murray's presence allowing Oklahoma to continue its explosive offensive ways under coach Lincoln Riley after the departure of three-year starter and Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield.
Murray has continued to voice that the plan is to play baseball once the 2018 campaign comes to a close as he's under contract with the Oakland Athletics. Tagovailoa was No. 1 nationally in yards per completion at 16.85; Murray was right behind him at 16.82.
Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams is very, very well schooled. The Crimson Tide recorded two sacks in the Sooners' first two possessions.
471 - Total yards of offense by Oklahoma against Alabama, the most by any team against the Crimson Tide this season. "Well, it was no surprise to me that they would come back in the game", Saban said. "The only time we really got stopped in the game is when we stopped ourselves".
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Both have regularly been winning games by wide margins this year.
That is a problem against the Sooners because of the Heisman victor, Murray, and his arsenal of weapons with which he attacks defenses.
The trilogy wasn't enough so now it's time for round No. 4. Shortly after that game ends, the other two teams in the playoff, #1 Alabama and #4 Oklahoma meet in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
Alabama took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards for a touchdown. The Sooners, meanwhile, were 5-7-1 in a similar scenario, having been favored against every team they played this season. "I wanted to win a national championship, just fell short".
"Our defense really took it personal, with them saying it was going to be a shootout like our defense wasn't good", junior linebacker Mack Wilson said. He doesn't want his players giving Alabama any motivation two days before the semifinal.
Alabama, the top seed in the College Football playoffs, led fourth-seeded Oklahoma wire to wire in the 85th Orange Bowl in Miami Saturday night, beating the Sooners in a 45-34 semifinal that didn't feel almost that close.
The Sooners cut the lead to 28-10 on a 26-yard field goal by Austin Seibert, but Alabama's Joseph Bulovas booted a 38-yarder with 25 seconds to go before halftime to give the Tide a comfortable 31-10 lead at the break. The national title will be at the home stadium of the NFL's San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, California.