No. 1 Alabama Beats No. 4 Oklahoma, 45-34, in
College Football Playoff Semifinal
December 29, 2018
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - The No. 1 Alabama football team
jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back
against No. 4 Oklahoma, winning 45-34 in the College
Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange
Bowl Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens,
Henry Ruggs catches a touchdown pass in the first
quarter of the CFP Playoff game against Oklahoma.
Photo Credit - RollTide.com
The Crimson Tide (14-0) moves on to face No. 2 Clemson
(14-0) in the 2019 College Football Playoff National
Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 at Levi
Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was impressive,
going 24-of-27 for 318 yards and four touchdowns
through the air. Sophomore wide receiver DeVonta Smith
led the team with six catches for 104 yards and a
score. Junior running back Josh Jacobs added 158 total
yards and a touchdown, while senior running back
Damien Harris racked up 48 yards on the ground and two
On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore
linebacker Dylan Moses led the way with six tackles,
while sophomore defensive back Xavier McKinney totaled
five tackles to go along with a game-high four pass
The Tide started the game with a bang when Tagovailoa
found Smith on a slant route across the middle for a
50-yard pitch-and-catch on the first play from
scrimmage. Six plays later, Harris found the end zone
from one yard out to get UA on the board. Following
redshirt freshman Joseph Bulovas' extra point the Tide
held a 7-0 advantage with 11:54 left in the opening
After an Oklahoma three-and-out, Alabama added to its
total when Tagovailoa found sophomore wide receiver
Henry Ruggs III in the back of the end zone for a
toe-tap 10-yard touchdown. Bulovas' point after pushed
the lead to 14-0 with 5:54 on the clock in the first
The Crimson Tide scored its third touchdown on its
third offensive drive of the quarter after Harris
found his way untouched into the end zone for his
second one-yard score to cap a five-play, 61-yard
drive. Bulovas' extra point extended the lead to
21-0 with 1:33 remaining in the first.
Alabama continued to pour on the points in the second
quarter when Tagovailoa connected with Jacobs out of
the backfield who then rumbled 27 yards for the Tide's
fourth touchdown of the game. After Bulovas knocked
through the extra point, UA held the 28-0 advantage
with 13:01 left before the half.
The Sooners responded with a pair of scoring drives,
scoring a touchdown with 11:48 to go in the second
quarter before adding a field goal with 7:30 remaining
in the half.
On its next offensive possession, Alabama added a
field goal of its own after Bulovas knocked through a
37-yard attempt to make it 31-10 at the halftime break.
At the end of the first 30 minutes of play, the Tide
outgained the Sooners 318-191 and held OU quarterback
Kyler Murray to just 6-of-13 passing. The 10 points at
the half were the lowest by Oklahoma all season.
Oklahoma scored twice in the third quarter, a 26-yard
field goal and a 49-yard receiving touchdown to trim
Alabama's lead to 31-20 heading into the fourth
Tagovailoa put the Tide up 38-20 to begin the final
quarter after finding Smith for another quick slant
touchdown, this time from 10 yards out with 13:08 left
in the game. Bulovas' point after completed the
methodical nine-play drive that accumulated 87 total
The Sooners answered with its second touchdown of the
half to cut the Alabama advantage to 38-27 with 8:31
to go in the contest.
The Tide bounced back with another touchdown when
Tagovailoa connected with sophomore wideout Jerry
Jeudy from 13 yards out to end a five-play, 46-yard
scoring drive. Following the extra point from Bulovas,
Alabama held the 45-27 edge with 6:08 remaining.
Oklahoma found the end zone again with 4:23 left in
the game to cut the lead to 45-34. However, Alabama
recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the
clock for the victory.
The Tide compiled 528 yards of total offense and
controlled the ball for 36 minutes of the game in the
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