Lincoln Riley has had the luxury of coaching some legendary college quarterbacks at Oklahoma. Jalen Hurts is the latest, and he played a great game to give OU its second win over Baylor this season on the biggest possible stage. The coach and quarterback showed some emotion after the big win, helping elucidate exactly how much work it took to get here.
Hurts has had a unique career and proved he is great this year in Oklahoma. Riley believed in him, and the payoff is a shot to reach the College Football Playoff.
The win over Baylor was just the latest installment of the great careers of both coach and quarterback.
Hurts' road has been long, and in many ways more remarkable than any college journey we've seen. Essentially ruled out of relevance entering last year's SEC title game, Hurts saved Bama against UGA with a frantic comeback, then reached new heights in Riley's offense after a well-earned transfer.
An amazing player, and if this is it, and the playoff berth that appears to have fallen into his lap doesn't arrive, we'll always remember the skills and the emotions.