Hurts rallies No. 1 Alabama over Georgia

Florence Fletcher
December 5, 2018

The Heisman Trophy candidate was helped off the field and didn't return to the game.

After Georgia was stuffed on a fake punt near midfield, Hurts took matters into his own hands for the winning score.

The No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs will need to leave it all on the field on Saturday if they want to have any chance at beating the best team in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

The replacement threw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yarder in overtime that gave the Tide a stunning 26-23 victory. He put the kicker on the story when he raced up the middle on a quarterback draw for a 15-yard touchdown. The college football odds for the game have the Crimson Tide listed as a two-touchdown favorite to pick up the win.

After Baker Mayfield won the award a year ago, Murray is aiming to make Oklahoma the first school to have two different players win the award in back-to-back seasons since Army's Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis in 1945-46. But Hurts took control of the offense and lifted Alabama, certain to be the top seed in the College Football Playoff.

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Kyler Murray erupted for 379 yards and three touchdowns and the fifth-ranked Sooners avenged their lone loss of the season by knocking out the No. 9 Longhorns in the Big 12 title game in Arlington, Texas. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma were the top four teams in both polls on a somewhat anti-climactic "Selection Sunday". Or maybe it will go to Ohio State, which beat Northwestern 45-24 for the Big Ten title.

Oklahoma has had one massive bugaboo this season, their defense.

Bama was up, and the game was all but won. The Sooners had the worst passing defense in all of college football this season, and they allowed more points per game (32.4) than all but 34 teams.

Mack completed 19 of 27 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.

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