Alabama freshman QB Jalen Hurts had never lost a game at the collegiate level until he lost the biggest one Monday night against Clemson.
Hurts scored on a 30-yard touchdown with 2:07 left on the clock to put the Crimson Tide ahead, but it wasn’t enough as Clemson drove the field and scored the game-winner with 1 second left on the clock.
“You never want to be on this end,” Hurts told reporters including AL.com after the game. “You never want to be on this end of it but today we are and my sophomore season starts tomorrow.”
Here’s a rundown of what Hurts said following the heartbreaking loss:
- After the game, many questioned whether Hurts scored his touchdown too quickly, leaving more than 2 minutes on the clock. That wasn’t on his mind at the time. “We tried to keep our cool and get in the end zone. We might have scored too fast but it is what it is. We have to deal with it. …That’s the first time we’ve ever been in that situation so it’s kind of hard to stay. Sometimes it rolls like that. We can only control what we can control.”
- When he did score, he knew the game wasn’t over as long as Deshaun Watson was on the field. “I knew the game wasn’t over. When you have a guy like that on the other side of the ball, anything is possible. We knew that all game. Early on we didn’t capitalize on our opportunities. Unfortunately in the end, it kind of hurt us.”
- Bo Scarbrough’s absence appeared to hinder the flow of the Crimson Tide offense. Scarbrough had 93 yards on 16 carries before exiting with an injury, but Hurts wasn’t willing to credit that with the offense’s struggles. “Damien [Harris has] played really well all year. I don’t think that really affected [the offensive rhythm] at all. … We’ve played without Bo before. He’s been a key to us lately but we’ve just got to execute what’s called.”
A video of Hurts’ entire interview can be seen below, courtesy of AL.com.