Nick Saban, Alabama players 'happy' for Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts after his 508-yard night

Kevin Jairaj, USA TODAY

Former Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts was the talk of the college football world — including in and around his old stomping grounds of Tuscaloosa — after leading the nation with a career-best 508 yards of total offense in his first game as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback on Sunday night.

“I’m happy for him. He did a great job both passing and running,” Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy said of Hurts’ performance. “Six touchdowns, that’s unbelievable. But that’s what Jalen do, so I’m very happy for him.”

Hurts, 26-2 in two seasons as the Crimson Tide’s starting quarterback before being supplanted by then-sophomore Tua Tagovailoa prior to last season, joined the Sooners as a graduate transfer in January, and was awarded the starting job in August.

Working under Oklahoma head coach and renown quarterback whisperer Lincoln Riley paid dividends Sunday night when the dual-threat senior passed for 332 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-23 attempts to go along with a career-high 176 rushing yards and three more scores on the ground against his hometown University of Houston.