Hurts started every game for the Crimson Tide after taking over during Week 1 of his true freshman season in 2016 prior to the 2018 season. It was reminiscent of Tagovailoa replacing Hurts at halftime during that national championship game and carrying the team to a victory.
Some moments in college football are so unbelievable they seem right out of a movie.
Hurts completed 7 of 9 passes for 82 yards, to go along with five carries for 28 yards in less than a quarter of action. However, Saban and Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi tabbed Dabo Swinney's Tigers as the nation's top squad, keeping the Crimson Tide from drawing a consensus No. 1 rating. Alabama won a championship. However, many believed Tagovailoa, a former 5-star prospect, was the better option after excelling during limited opportunities during his first season in Tuscaloosa, amid the starter's struggles throughout the 2017 campaign, prior to the CFB Playoff title game. The Heisman Trophy front runner was having arguably his worst performance of the season, however, throwing just one touchdown and two interceptions. Murray had six first-place votes, while Tagovailoa had four. "I'm so happy. Happy for everybody". Big 12 champion Oklahoma avenged its only loss by beating Texas, and No. 6 Ohio State still had a chance to make its case in the Big Ten title game.
Somehow, Hurts didn't win the MVP of the game.
"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. Great comeback for our team showed a tremendous amount of resiliency. The opponent could be Oklahoma, Ohio State, or maybe even Georgia. Oklahoma's only defeat this season was to Texas, a 48-45 game on a neutral field in Dallas on October 6 - and the Sooners won the rematch in Saturday's Big 12 title game, 39-27.