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Tracking impact Tide players in Orange Bowl win over Sooners

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Nick Saban and Alabama football are headed back to California; the place where its unprecedented run started in 2009. After handling Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl, the Crimson Tide punched its ticket to face Clemson for a third time in a national title showdown. 

Sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa looked way better than “80-85 percent,” as he totaled 318 passing yards and four touchdowns. It was the sixth time this season for him accounting for at least 300 yards passing with four scores. Josh Jacobs had a huge performance with 150 all-purpose yards and one score and the Tide’s receiving corps showed out at Hard Rock Stadium. 

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Despite the Sooners trying to make it interesting late in the game, it was too late as Alabama’s defense was too much for Kyler Murray and company to overcome. In Wednesday’s airing of In My Own Words, Stephen Smith starts the new year by recapping the marquee outings of five Tide players.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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