Jalen Hurts Dominates in Oklahoma Debut With Six Touchdowns

The Jalen Hurts era at Oklahoma got off to a quick start.
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The Jalen Hurts era at Oklahoma got off to a quick start.

The former Alabama quarterback unleahsed 508 yards of total offense, finishing the game 20-for-23 with 332 passing yards, 176 rushing yards on 16 carries and six touchdowns (three rushing, three passing) in Oklahoma's 49–31 win over Houston. 

Hurts led a 61-yard drive in 70 seconds to put the Sooners on top with 12:21 left in the first quarter. The three-play drive was capped off with a 14-yard touchdown to Jeremiah Hall.

Hurts added a rushing touchdown in the second quarter, putting the Sooners up by two scores with a one-yard run. 

He then added another touchdown pass, connecting with Ceedee Lamb for 45-yards and a score to make it 21–0. 

However, with less than five minutes left in the first half, Hurts gave up a crucial fumble, but the Cougars couldn't convert a touchdown and settled for a field goal to make it 21–10 to end the half.

Hurts continued his debut performance in the second half, quickly connecting with Charleston Rambo on a 56-yard play for another touchdown with 12:38 left in the third quarter.

The quarterback added to his rushing stats, proving his versatility by running it into the endzone in the third quarter to add another score to make it 35-10. He added another rushing touchdown as the third quarter expired. 

Hurts announced his decision to transfer to Oklahoma after three seasons with the Crimson Tide in January. The announcement came not long after Heisman Trophy winner and former Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray reportedly submitted his paperwork to declare for the 2019 NFL draft.

At Alabama, Hurts had a 26–2 record as a starter, but was benched in the 2018 national championship game in favor of Tua Tagovailoa, who led the Crimson Tide to a comeback title. Hurts then spent the following season as Tagovailoa's backup, and he did not transfer mid-year.

Hurts threw for 4,861 yards, 40 touchdowns with 10 interceptions and ran for 1,809 yards and 21 touchdowns in his two years as Alabama's starter.