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Alabama Star Had an Opinion on Kyler Murray, Until He Didn’t

31 December, 2018, 10:02 | Author: Drew Briggs
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Against Oklahoma, Alabama came out firing from the word go, with sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa - who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Murray - connecting with fellow sophomore DeVonta Smith on a 50-yard completion on the game's first offensive play.

The network says Clemson's 30-3 victory against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl earlier Saturday drew a 10.3 rating, peaking at 11.2 when the Tigers scored with 2 second left in the first half to make it 23-3.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley met with reporters Sunday morning at the Diplomat Beach Resort - the Sooners' team hotel - for an exit interview of sorts, less than 12 hours after his team's 2018 season ended in a 45-34 Orange Bowl loss to No. 1 Alabama.

This was the virtuoso quarterback everyone had pegged as the Heisman victor for most of the season, not the injured sophomore who struggled during the SEC championship game earlier this month and slipped into second place in the voting behind Oklahoma's Kyler Murray.

While the Sooners should be able to score, the biggest concern heading into this game, and the reason the spread is so high, is whether they can stop Alabama. "All I can do is go out and play on Saturday and let my play speak for itself".

"That's the part that hurts the most; coming here, spending the last couple years here, this place has been home to me", Murray said.

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Still, Oklahoma's comeback effort means it avoided repeating a disaster it experienced nearly exactly 14 years ago in the same building, when it fell 55-19 to USC in the 2005 BCS National Championship Game. "The only time we really got stopped in the game is when we stopped ourselves". "It's been a fun year", Murray said. But as we know, these things can be fluid.

"I think he's going to play football", one NFL scout told the publication. "I wanted to win a national championship, just fell short".

You just can't afford to do that against a team as good as this Alabama team, perhaps one of the greatest college team of all-time.

Riley wouldn't let Bolton take the fall, however. He's been a great leader, been a spark plug for us all year. "After that we outscored them by 17 the rest of the way". He was targeted five times for no catches.

Oklahoma's quarterback and the reigning Heisman Trophy victor was still dealing with a cough and some sniffles Thursday, two days before the fourth-ranked Sooners will face top-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Orange Bowl.

"Not being 100 percent, it hurt me, but I was out there trying to fight for my team", Brown said. "I just think Kyler is pretty immature mentally and I'm not sure he can handle the real baseball world given that he's raw and famous". "If we could have done anything morning, he caught eight, we probably should have thrown him about 20", Riley said. The victor of Saturday's game will advance to play the victor of the Cotton Bowl - Clemson or Notre Dame - in the College Football Playoff championship game on Monday, January 7th.

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