Jalen Hurts reacts to Tua Tagovailoa's injury
Jalen Hurts led Oklahoma to a comeback for the ages Saturday night against Baylor.
Down 28-3, OU marched all the way back behind Hurts’ four touchdowns to win 34-31 on a field goal. Hurts totaled 411 offensive yards in the Sooners’ come-from-behind win. Hurts’ former teammate, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, didn’t fare as well Saturday. Tagovailoa will miss the rest of the season due to a hip injury.
Following the win over Baylor, Hurts was asked about his friend Tagovailoa and the injury that has shocked college football.
“It hurt me to hear it. He’s a great friend of mine,” Hurts said. “I pray for him and his family. I hope everything works out for the best for him.”
Yes, Hurts and Tagovailoa battled for the starting quarterback job in 2018, as Tagovailoa eventually won the job, but Hurts drew close to the Alabama quarterback during that time.
Hurts has been spectacular for Oklahoma this season, and even he couldn’t beat out Tagovailoa. We’re not sure that everyone has fully appreciated what Tagovailoa has accomplished during his short time at Alabama. Now, everyone waits as the Alabama quarterback is undergoing additional testing on his injury in Birmingham.
Alabama and Oklahoma remain alive in the College Football Playoff, only this time Mac Jones will lead Alabama’s offense in Tagovailoa’s absence.