Alabama beat Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl. Five thoughts, analysis of the win, and what it all means.
5. Tua Tagovailoa’s ankle concerns might have been a wee bit overblown
When media members get to a location and have to create hot takes, stories, and interest – even though there’s never, ever, ever anything newsworthy to come out of the bowl game media sessions – anything that looks and smells like a story gets pumped up way too much.
Like Dexter Lawrence’s suspension being a distraction for Clemson.
Alabama said that Tua Tagovailoa’s ankle was going to be okay. The players said he looked great, and there didn’t appear to be any serious concerns or thoughts about playing Jalen Hurts more than just a little bit.
And yet it beats Tua Ankle Watch 2019.
You really think this guy wasn’t a wee bit more fired up after not winning the Heisman?
All he did was have one of the greatest passing days in bowl history, completing 24-of-27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, and he even took off to run a little bit with nine yards on the ground.
To be fair, he got a whole lot of time, and he got help from some brilliant catches and plays from his receivers, the guy was on from the start.
He might not have won the Heisman, but he came up with something better.