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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Kyler Murray had all of it working: Pinpoint throws, speedy toes and unflappable resolve all the way in which to the end.
If this was his soccer finale, it was a gem.
Murray threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for one more 109 and one other landing, led Oklahoma to scores on its last six possessions — sans for a 25-second one to finish the primary half — and it nonetheless wasn’t sufficient. The Heisman Trophy winner isn’t going to play within the nationwide championship sport, after top-ranked Alabama downed fourth-ranked Oklahoma 45-34 within the Orange Bowl on Saturday night time.
So now Murray can start considering his profession plan per week sooner than he hoped.
Baseball or soccer? A large determination awaits.
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“I haven’t actually thought of it proper now,” Murray mentioned a half-hour after the sport, nonetheless in his grass-stained uniform and with an enormous welt forming underneath his left eye. “Sorry about that.”
The best way the Sooners see it, it’s a win-win determination for Murray.
“He’s both going to be a serious league baseball star or he’s going to be a Professional Bowler,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley mentioned. “He simply must resolve which one.”
Murray turned the primary participant in almost 5 years to throw for at the least 300 yards and rush for at the least one other 100 in a bowl sport — the newest to try this was Tajh Boyd, additionally within the Orange Bowl, for Clemson in its win over Ohio State on Jan. 3, 2014. It was additionally the third time Murray pulled off that feat this season, greater than another participant in main school soccer.
“He did an incredible job tonight,” Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa mentioned. “He did an incredible job.”
Murray’s skill on the soccer subject can’t be argued.
Nor can his skill on the baseball diamond — the Oakland Athletics made him the No. 9 choose on this yr’s draft, paying about $4.6 million in bonus cash for somebody they may see of their outfield earlier than too lengthy.
As was the case for Baker Mayfield final season, the Heisman couldn’t assist ship a win within the CFP semifinals for Murray. He and the Sooners had been enjoying uphill all night time, after giving up an Orange Bowl-record 21 factors within the first quarter and finally trailing 28-Zero earlier than lastly getting on the board.
“Can’t even take a look at the scoreboard at that time,” Murray mentioned. “You’ve simply bought to go on the market and battle. That’s what we did.”
Once they discovered what labored, it was just too late.
The Sooners (12-2) bought to 31-20 and 38-27 within the fourth, however the quest for a miracle comeback basically ended there. Murray mentioned he didn’t think about coming into this CFP semifinal on the Orange Bowl that it could possibly be his last soccer sport. If he had his approach, in fact, he’d be heading to Santa Clara, California in a number of days to satisfy second-ranked Clemson for the nationwide championship.
Take away the brutal begin, and he may need gotten there.
“Didn’t get the job completed,” Murray mentioned afterward.
Murray was dazzling all the way in which to the tip, even after getting knocked out of the sport briefly within the fourth quarter following a crushing deal with by Alabama’s Quinnen Williams. He engineered touchdowns on his last three drives of the season, operating the final one in himself.
Now he must resolve if that was the final journey to the tip zone he’ll ever make.
“The mission was to win a nationwide championship,” Murray mentioned. “However yeah, I wouldn’t commerce something that occurred for something. Most enjoyable I’ve had enjoying soccer in I-don’t-know how lengthy.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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