Tagovailoa accomplished 24 of 27 passes for 318 yards and 4 touchdowns because the Crimson Tide held off Oklahoma 45-34 on Saturday night time a College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl.
Alabama (14-0) reached the championship sport for the fourth straight season and can once more meet Clemson, a 30-3 winner over Notre Dame within the Cotton Bowl earlier Saturday.
“They’ve got a great program and a great team,” Alabama coach Nick Saban advised reporters. “I’m sure it’ll be a great challenge for us, and I’m sure we’ll need to play better than we did today.”
Tagovailoa accomplished his first 9 passes for 184 yards,because the Crimson Tide rolled to a 28-0 lead. Overall, they racked up 528 yards of whole offense.
“Our offense really controlled the tempo of the game,” Saban mentioned. “The only time we really got stopped in the game is when we stopped ourselves.”
Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray handed for 308 yards and ran for 109 — however did not throw his first completion till the Sooners have been already in a 21-0 gap.
“The slow start got us beat,” Murray mentioned. “It’s tough to come back from that.”
Alabama and Clemson have met within the postseason 4 years in a row. The Crimson Tide received 24-6 within the semifinals final yr, and 45-40 within the 2016 championship sport. The Tigers topped the Tide for the title by a 35-31 depend two years in the past.