Alabama scored a record-breaking performance in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, beating Nazi Harris during a 52–46 win over Florida on Saturday night.
Not only did Harris set an SEC championship game record with five touchdowns, he also set a conference record for career touchdowns by a running back with 53.
Closer to home, Harris broke Alabama’s career record for touchdowns and sprinting.
Harris, who called it “an honor” to set all those new standards, ended the night with 248 total yards. He was dynamic in the passing game, in five throws for 67 yards, including touchdown plays of 23, 17 and 7 yards in Alabama’s first half blitz. The youngest of the catchers could be his best, as Harris sent the turf tumbling with a blazing spin move.
“I’ve been catching the ball since birth,” he quipped. “People don’t expect this because of the trailing name, but I can catch up.” ”
But it wasn’t just Harris rewriting Alabama football history during the seventh-place win over the Gators.
DeVonta Smith broke her own record for receptions in single games with 15 and became the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards, surpassing Amari Cooper.
Smith went for 180 yards and added to his school record for receiving touchdowns (39).
Mack Jones, who finished with 418 yards and five touchdown passes, set an SEC championship game record for completions with 43.
Jones and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask did nothing to stand as two major Heisman Trophy contenders. Neither Smith nor the Crimson Tide were other top optimists for the award.
After Saturday night’s performance, Harris should possibly be in the mix, as well.
He said, “I have nothing to worry about.”
In addition to catching all those passes, after a throw from Jones by Trey Dean of Florida, Smith came up with a critical fumble recovery, snatching the ball away from the intended receiver, only to blind on a brutal, Alabama. A wide-eyed hit from John Metkey Jones threw a touchdown pass of 31 yards to Smith in the very next match.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said the theme of the night was, “We found the way to victory.”
After getting out of the early lead, Florida made its way back, making it a one-possession game with a minute remaining.
Ultimately, the Alabama offense, led by Harris and Smith, was too much to beat the Gators.
“We have to give a lot of credit to our crime,” Saban said. “He consistently answered the bell very well in the game. More than 600 yards. Smiley caught 15 catches. The Nazi scored five touchdowns, ran for 178 yards, caught five passes. I mean these guys are very good all year. He was fantastic, and he definitely gave it tonight. When we needed him. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.