Hurts ral­lies No. 1 Al­abama past No. 4 Ge­or­gia in SEC ti­tle game

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Sports -

In a dra­matic twist on last season’s na­tional cham­pi­onship game, Jalen Hurts came off the bench to pass for one touch­down and run for an­other in the fourth quar­ter, ral­ly­ing No. 1 Al­abama to a 35-28 win over No. 4 Ge­or­gia for the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence ti­tle Satur­day.

Heis­man Tro­phy fa­vorite Tua Tago­v­ailoa had to be helped off the field with just over 11 min­utes re­main­ing af­ter one of his own line­men stepped on the quar­ter­back’s right an­kle as he at­tempted to throw.

En­ter Hurts, who led Al­abama to the na­tional ti­tle game as a fresh­man but lost the start­ing job to Tago­v­ailoa. Hurts calmly guided the Crim­son Tide (13-0, No. 1 CFP) to ga­me­ty­ing touch­down with a 10-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy.

Af­ter Ge­or­gia (11-2, No. 4 CFP) was stuffed on a fake punt near mid­field, Hurts took mat­ters into his own hands for the win­ning score. Spot­ting an open­ing up the mid­dle, he took off on a 15-yard TD run with 1:04 re­main­ing.

JEF­FREY MCWHORTER AP

Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Kyler Mur­ray, right, cel­e­brates with team­mate Neville Gal­limore af­ter beat­ing Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 cham­pi­onship game on Satur­day in Ar­ling­ton, Texas.

JOHN BAZEMORE AP

Al­abama quar­ter­back Jalen Hurts (2) cel­e­brates his touch­down against Ge­or­gia dur­ing the SEC cham­pi­onship.

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