Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts’ name is a complete sentence. And if you ask head coach Nick Saban, he’ll probably tell you it’s a true one.
During the Crimson Tide‘s 24-6 beatdown of the Clemson Tigers in the first round of the College Football Playoff, Saban relived one of the more unfortunate elements of his playing days as a defensive back at Kent State: getting trucked by much larger offensive players.
During the fourth quarter, Hurts hurtled toward the sideline after tossing the rock away. But he couldn’t pull up before demolishing his coach, who reacted as if the new dog he’d bought for his offspring had immediately started pissing all over his favorite rug.
I’ve waited nearly my entire adult life to see Nick Saban get dropped. Today was that day pic.twitter.com/gz6YvSTgYH
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 2, 2018
After the victory, Saban was able to laugh about the incident—or get however close to laughing as he can get.
“I’m good. I’m really good. They don’t make ’em like they used to,” Saban said, referring to the 6’2″, 218-pound frame of his quarterback.
Speaking of outsize individuals, the star of the game was Da’Ron Payne.
The 308-pound defensive lineman made an interception in the third quarter, then five minutes later caught his first career touchdown.
Da’Ron Payne for all of the awards pic.twitter.com/AqivOCpy8W
— Danny (@recordsANDradio) January 2, 2018
The Tide will play the Georgia Bulldogs for the national championship on Monday.