Hurts ral­lies No. 1 Tide

QB re­lieves in­jured Tago­v­ailoa, leads ’Bama to SEC ti­tle

The Morning Call (Sunday) - - SPORTS - By Paul New­berry

AT­LANTA — 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 game-ty­ing 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.

KEVIN C. COX/GETTY

Jalen Hurts cel­e­brates af­ter rush­ing for the game-win­ning TD in Alabama’s win in the SEC cham­pi­onship Satur­day.

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