Earlier in the week, Megan Rapinoe told Alabama running back Najee Harris to hurdle over someone.
Mission emphatically accomplished.
In the College Football Playoff Rose Bowl semifinal between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Notre Dame at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Harris did just that, leaping over a Fighting Irish defender during a 53-yard gain in the first quarter.
Rapinoe promptly responded via Instagram, saying, “You really did it!! It was for me right?!”
”I actually try to teach him not to do it, and it didn’t work,” Saban said, laughing. ”Anyway, for a big guy, it’s pretty amazing that he can do that. He’s kind of got a great feel when a guy’s going to try to cut him. … When he sees that head go down, he’ll go over the top of them in a heartbeat.”
A truly nontraditional 2020 Rose Bowl setting, a very common result for Alabama in the College Football Playoff.
With Heisman Trophy finalists DeVonta Smith and Mac Jones, the top-ranked Crimson Tide rolled into its fifth CFP championship game in six seasons.
Smith caught three of Jones’ four touchdown passes and Najee Harris ran for 125 yards with a high-hurdling highlight in a 31-14 victory over No. 4 Notre Dame in a CFP semifinal Rose Bowl played inside about 1,400 miles from Pasadena, California.
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Najee Harris hurdles defensive back
Nick McCloud during the 2021 Rose Bowl
Alabama 31 Notre Dame 14