Nick Saban got choked up in postgame reflection on Jalen Hurts

Elena Summers
December 5, 2018

With the game tied and just a minute to go, Hurts broke through the defense and powered into the endzone.

"I'm so proud of this guy for what he's done this year, I can't even tell you", Saban said as he put his arm around Hurts in a postgame interview. Alabama has won the national championship in two of the last three years, and the Tide deservedly opened their game against the Sooners as huge favorites. Alabama got away with the win and they're lucky to have two high-caliber quarterbacks at their disposal.

Tua Tagovailoa is awesome, he's going to win the Heisman Trophy, and if Alabama gets a win here, it's going to be because he is playing well.

This time, it was Hurts who bailed out the Crimson Tide.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart understands this, and while 90 percent of the battle will be out-coaching college football legend Nick Saban, Smart needs to make sure his team is mentally ready for their toughest challenge of the season.

But in a script better suited for a Walt Disney movie, backup Jalen Hurts came off the bench to rally Alabama from 28-21 down to the victory. While this one didn't end with the suddenness of that national title game, it hurt just as bad.

Now the seventh-ranked Knights, who proclaimed themselves national champions last January after finishing as the only undefeated team in the FBS, will see if repeating as AAC champs and having the nation's-longest winning streak are good enough to get them into the College Football Playoff. On the year, Murray has thrown 40 touchdowns and added 11 more on the ground.

"With a team like that, you've got to be able to put them way because they keep hanging on", Georgia tight end Isaac Nauta said.

Georgia: The Bulldogs are hoping to land a playoff spot but will likely have to settle for a trip to the Sugar Bowl as a consolation prize.

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