Dec. 2 (UPI) — This time, Jalen Hurts was the quarterback who came off the bench to rescue Alabama.
Hurts passed for a touchdown and ran for another to rally the top-ranked Crimson Tide to a 35-28 win over No. 4 Georgia for the Southeastern Conference championship Saturday in Atlanta.
Hurts filled in for starter Tua Tagovailoa, who had to helped off the field with a right ankle injury. The injury occurred when an Alabama lineman accidentally stepped on Tagovailia’s foot with just more than 11 minutes left in the game.
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 to tying touchdown with a 10-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy.
Hurts led the Crimson Tide to the national championship as a freshman, only to lose the starting job to Tagovaila during the title game last year. But Hurts took control of the offense and lifted Alabama, certain to be the top seed in the College Football Playoff.
Clemson 42, Pittsburgh 10
Travis Etienne rushed for 156 yards and two scores and the Tigers were never challenged in coasting past the Panthers for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship in Charlotte, N.C.
Quarterback Trevor Lawrence added two touchdown passes to Tee Higgins, helping Clemson to become the first team to win four consecutive ACC title games.
Oklahoma 39, Texas 27
Kyler Murray erupted for 379 yards and three touchdowns and the fifth-ranked Sooners avenged their lone loss of the season by knocking out the No. 9 Longhorns in the Big 12 title game in Arlington, Texas.
The Sooners will now await word on if they have made their way into the College Football Playoff following the loss of fourth-ranked Georgia on Saturday.
Ohio State 45, Northwestern 24
Dwayne Haskins threw five touchdowns and the sixth-ranked Buckeyes raced past the No. 21 Wildcats in Indianapolis to capture a second consecutive Big Ten championship.
It would seem that the Buckeyes are next headed for the Rose Bowl.
UCF 56, Memphis 41
Darriel Mach rushed for three scores and the seventh-ranked Knights rallied past the Tigers in the American Athletic Conference championship game in Orlando, Florida.