Harris’ 5 TDs in Tide win most in SEC final history

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Alabama running back Najee Harris put together a record-setting performance during a 52-46 win over Florida on Saturday night in the SEC championship game.

Not only did Harris set an SEC championship game record with five touchdowns, he set a conference record for career touchdowns by a running back with 53.

Closer to home, Harris broke Alabama’s career record for rushing touchdowns and rushing yards.

Harris, who called it “an honor” to set those records, finished the night with 248 total yards.

But it wasn’t just Harris rewriting Alabama history during the win over the seventh-ranked Gators.

DeVonta Smith broke his own record for receptions in a single game with 15 and became the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards, surpassing Amari Cooper.

Smith went over 180 yards and added to his school record for receiving touchdowns (39).

Mac Jones, who finished with 418 yards and five touchdowns passing, set an SEC championship game record for completions with 43.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said the theme of the night was “we found a way to win.”

After jumping out to an early lead, Florida clawed its way back, making it a one-possession game with under a minute remaining.

But ultimately the Alabama offense, led by Harris and Smith, was too much for the Gators to overcome.

“I have to give our offense a lot of credit,” Saban said. “They answered the bell pretty consistently in the game. Over 600 yards. Smitty had 15 catches. Najee scored five touchdowns, had 178 yards rushing, caught five passes. I mean, these guys were pretty phenomenal all year, and they certainly delivered tonight when we needed them to.”

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