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Najee Harris scores 5 TDs as No. 1 Alabama outlasts No. 11 Florida

Gators fall short of SEC championship in 52-46 shootout
Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris scores TD vs. Florida Gators in 2020 SEC Championship
Posted at 12:16 AM, Dec 20, 2020

ATLANTA — Najee Harris scored five touchdowns and No. 1 Alabama advanced to the College Football Playoff with a perfect record, holding off No. 11 Florida in a 52-46 shootout for the Southeastern Conference championship Saturday night.

The 11-0 Crimson Tide got its toughest test in a season of blowouts. But Harris' record-setting performance will send coach Nick Saban to the playoff in search of his seventh national title.

After falling behind 35-17 by halftime, Florida made a game of it with a pair of third-quarter scores.

Florida Gators QB Kyle Trask leaps into end zone vs. Alabama Crimson Tide in 2020 SEC Championship
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask leaps into the end zone for a touchdown against Alabama during the first half of the Southeastern Conference Championship game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Atlanta.

The Gators fought to the bitter end, adding two more touchdowns before running out of time.