The Latest: Alabama strikes first, takes 7-0 lead vs Sooners

The Latest: Alabama strikes first, takes 7-0 lead vs Sooners

The Latest on the College Football Playoff semifinals at the Cotton and Orange Bowls (all times EST):

8:25 p.m.

Alabama caught the first break, and scored the first touchdown of the Orange Bowl.

Damien Harris barreled in from the 1-yard line for a 7-0 Crimson Tide lead over Oklahoma, scoring one play after nearly fumbling the ball away to the Sooners.

A lengthy review determined that Harris’ elbow was down before he lost possession, after officials initially said it was a fumble recovered by Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray and a takeaway for the Sooners.

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