2. Oklahoma gave it the old college try
Of course Oklahoma wasn’t going to simply quit.
However, that’s not quite the right way to put it when it comes to teams trying to deal with Alabama. After getting down fast, teams don’t quit as much as they appear to be resigned to their fates.
Oklahoma started to chip away at the 28-0 lead with a few second quarter scores, and then came the fun.
The big key came for Alabama’s defense, with a big stop to force the Sooners to kick a field goal for a 31-13 game. That seemed to be it. That seemed to be when the lead was way too much to overcome.
And then came this …
All of a sudden, Alabama went the third quarter without scoring, and Oklahoma’s O – especially Murray – became unstoppable. But when needed, Tua Tagovailoa delivered, hitting DeVonta Smith with a ten-yard scoring pass early in the 4th, and finding Jerry Jeudy for a score late in the fourth.
Murray kept on coming, he kept on producing, and if his final lasting image is of him all but skipping into the end zone to cut the lead to 11 with just over four minutes to play, that’s not bad for the Heisman-winner to finish up.
He and his Sooners gave the fan base a whole lot to be proud of.