OU head coach Lincoln Riley talks about emotional loss in Orange Bowl

Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III catches a pass in the end zone for touchdown as Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown defends during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday Dec. 29 2018 in Miami Gardens Fla. (AP

Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III catches a pass in the end zone for touchdown as Oklahoma cornerback Tre Brown defends during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game Saturday Dec. 29 2018 in Miami Gardens Fla. (AP

Star Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams must be licking his chops at the opportunity of going up against reigning Heisman victor Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma Sooners in the CFP Semifinals this coming Saturday.

Murray read the Alabama defense and took off for an 8-yard touchdown with 4:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Both of Murray's touchdowns came in the second half, including a 49-yard pass to Charleston Rambo that trimmed the deficit to 11, but Oklahoma's defense didn't have an answer for Tagovailoa or Alabama's prolific offense.

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 was fun. I mean, it was a heavy hitter just like we all expected", he said.

He finished 24-for-27 for 318 yards, with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

"With Tua, what you see is what you get", Allen told ESPN last week.

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"Right now, you've been consistently here for the last four years one of the top three programs, consistently", said Riley of his program's status. The only way we were going to get back into the game was match their energy, if not go more. "I think that should be anybody's goal". Offensive coordinator Cale Gundy didn't even know Murray was sick until he got into the auto that took the Sooners to the interview site and realized his Heisman victor wasn't along for the ride. While both quarterbacks are successful in their own way, we may honestly never know which one of the two will have more success at the next level. He knew the questions about whether he would go play for the Oakland Athletics or enter the National Football League draft would come, the way they have over the past two months, but he said, "I really haven't thought about it right now". The Tigers are going to score and that's going to keep them in the game from the jump. Southern Cal was No. 1 all season until losing to Texas and Vince Young in the national championship game. "Just continue to do what we did all year".

Tagovailoa's Alabama Crimson Tide outlasted a long-winded but insufficient comeback effort on the part of the Oklahoma Sooners, coming away with a 45-34 win in the Orange Bowl and securing a trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

"I'm really proud of our team, it was a great win for us", Saban said in the postgame TV interview. "After that we outscored them by 17 the rest of the way. If we could have done anything morning, he caught eight, we probably should have thrown him about 20", Riley said.

"I think the biggest key is you just can't get stagnant", said Riley. "And I really wonder if the football bug is too strong for him to say no". "We understand it's just competition".

Heading into Saturday's College Football Playoff game against Alabama, the biggest question about Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is where he will take the field next.

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