Published: Mon, December 31, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Murray, Tagovailoa set to take center stage together again

Murray, Tagovailoa set to take center stage together again

Kyler Murray won't go away.

Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley met with reporters Sunday morning at the Diplomat Beach Resort - the Sooners' team hotel - for an exit interview of sorts, less than 12 hours after his team's 2018 season ended in a 45-34 Orange Bowl loss to No. 1 Alabama.

Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

But his brilliance was bottled up until Alabama scored the game's first 28 points, as the Sooners recorded their second-lowest point total of the season, with the 71 percent passer completing 19-of-37 throws. "It's like nobody expected any of this but me, the people that are closest to me, people that I've always known, who have always watched me play whether it was football, baseball".

"If anything, last night just makes me hungrier". Tagovailoa was No. 1 nationally in yards per completion at 16.85; Murray was right behind him at 16.82. "I kept telling our players on the sidelines, 'We have to keep playing".

In a matchup between the two highest-scoring offenses in the country, Oklahoma fell too far behind early. Yes", he said. "Did that give us extra motivation in this game? No. There's not a lot of short quarterbacks in the league, but I think there's more guys paving the way for the transition of not really caring about how big you are, how tall you are.

"We just flat out didn't play good enough", Bolton said".

It's a shame that both teams had to travel to Dallas and get ready for this bowl game only to have it called off in the first quarter, but the weather in the area wasn't showing much sign of allowing for a wide window to keep the game going safely.

Asked to reflect on his time at OU, a teary eyed Murray said, "This place has been home to me". In his 11th start, he will try to become the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national championship since Oklahoma's Jamelle Holieway in 1985.

"I'm really proud of our team, it was a great win for us", Saban said in the postgame TV interview. The Tide had five (FIVE) receivers average over 17 yards per catch this season, and, as usual, they had a pounding running game. I feel like we've started to... we kinda started out a few years ago saying, hey, we've gotta be more current.

Maybe Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley will leave for the NFL and the Bucs after seeing there was no future in the College Football Playoff, not with Nick Saban and Alabama pulling its first-half velociraptor act (28-0 lead) before coasting on in for a 45-34 national semifinal Orange Bowl win while making Oklahoma Heisman victor and two-sport wonder Kyler Murray long for A's pitchers and catchers reporting. "This senior group just won their 54th game and they're going back to their third national championship in four years".

"It's been a question and I get it", Riley said, addressing whether or not he would stay at Oklahoma. "We'll probably finish in the top-three here again". I think we made some adjustments offensively. We just looked at each other in the eyes and knew that we wanted to go accomplish something, and luckily we did.

On Saturday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Oklahoma Sooners met in the Orange Bowl for the right to play Clemson in the national title game.

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