A’s prospect Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma Sooners fell short in their search for a national championship, losing, 45-34, to No. 1 Alabama in Saturday’s College Football Playoff semi final matchup in Miami.

Murray, who had been named this season’s Heisman Trophy winner sooner in December, turned into a leading individual performance in a comeback campaign for the No. 4 Sooners (12-2).

A’s prospect Kyler Murray and the Oklahoma Sooners fell short in their search for a national championship, losing, 45-34, to No. 1 Alabama in Saturday’s College Football Playoff semi final matchup in Miami.

Murray, who had been named this season’s Heisman Trophy winner sooner in December, turned into a leading individual performance in a comeback campaign for the No. 4 Sooners (12-2). He threw for 308 yards and 2 touchdowns on 19-for-37 passing and rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

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Alabama (14-0) put Oklahoma in a young hole with 28 unanswered points to begin the match and entered halftime with a 31-10 lead. Murray helped fuel a 24-point minute half, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to keep Alabama from a fourth consecutive appearance in the championship match.

The redshirt junior finishes the season with 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns through the atmosphere and 1,001 yards and 12 scores across the earth through 14 games.

Despite his success in football, Murray has reiterated his want to proceed from football and begin his pro baseball career with the A’s. Oakland inked the outfielder to a $4.66 million signing bonus, an arrangement which included letting him play an additional year of football at Oklahoma.

Murray has not, however, ruled out playing in the NFL at any point. He’d probably be considered a first-round decision if he entered the NFL Draft.

“It is never bad to own options,” Murray said in a networking session Thursday.

After serving as the backup into Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield — that had been drafted first overall by the Cleveland Browns in last spring — in 2017, Murray broke out as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks and gave Oklahoma the first back-to-back winners in the annals of the award.

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