If this was his football finale, it was a gem.
Alabama jumped out to a 28-0 lead on way to its 45-34 win in the Orange Bowl over Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray and Big 12 champion Oklahoma. The win over the No. 4 Sooners in Saturday night's Orange Bowl national semifinal puts Alabama into the national title game January 7 at 7 p.m.at Santa Clara, Calif.
So now Murray can begin contemplating his career plan a week earlier than he hoped.
"I always felt like it might be, honestly", Murray said.
It has been a whirlwind few weeks for Murray, and it's easy to see why he might be feeling a little worn down right now. The team was officially ranked at No. 5, narrowly placing them out of the playoff run as they prepare for the Sugar Bowl taking place on New Year's Day.
Murray has thrown for 308 yards and rushed for 109 more.
But there's no way Murray has had sufficient time to ponder the stakes of his decision before tonight, to really consider what truly leaving football might be like, not with the Big 12 championship game and the Heisman ceremony and these weeks of bowl prep. "He did a tremendous job". Murray will be a top pick if he decides to train for the draft, and in the long run, baseball will be a more patient suitor than football, which will move on from Murray faster than you'd imagine. Oakland drafted Murray with the No. 9 pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.
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Oklahoma's first three possessions ended in punts; by that point, Alabama held a 21-0 lead on the score board and a 191-0 edge in total yards. We know where you were going there, Mr. Williams. "That's what we did". He started to say something that didn't appear to be too complimentary of Murray.
The Tide will make its fourth straight title game appearance, where it'll match up once again with No. 2 Clemson, which routed No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 earlier Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.
Take away the brutal start, and he might have gotten there.
"My goal was to be remembered here", Murray said.
However, one person who seems decidedly unimpressed by Murray's athletic prowess is Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.
In the final 2 minutes Saturday night, Lawrence connected with Ross on a 42-yard score and with Tee Higgins for a one-handed, 19-yard touchdown reception with 2 seconds left in the second quarter.
That's the edge from a coach who is on the cusp of passing Bear Bryant with a seventh national championship but is always demanding more from a four- and five-star roster that rarely fails to live up to expectations. "But yeah, I wouldn't trade anything that happened for anything".