ATLANTA, Georgia — The Alabama Crimson Tide lefty true freshman quarterback from Hawaii, Tua Tagovailoa connected on a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith that gave No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia on Monday night for the College Football Playoff national championship.
Tagovailoa replaced a struggling Jalen Hurts at halftime, and went 14/24 for 166 yards and three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide head coach his sixth national championship overall, fifth since joining the Tide in 2009.
“I could not believe it,” Saban said. “There’s lots of highs and lows. Last year we lost on the last play of the game and this year we won on the last play of the game. These kids really responded the right way. We said last year, `Don’t waste the feeling.’ They sure didn’t, the way they played tonight.”
What a game. What a finish.
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The Tide (13-1) trailed 20-7 in the third period. Georgia offense dominated in that period led by freshman quarterback, Jake Fromm who passed for 232 yards and 1 touchdown with President Donald Trump in attendance. The President watched the second half from Air Force One.
However, Nick Sabans quest to match the great Paul “Bear” Bryant wouldn’t be denied at the $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night. Saban defeated his former assistant, Kirby Smart, giving him five national titles in the last nine years at Bama, pairing his own dynasty with Bryant’s in Tuscaloosa as probably the two best ever.
Written by Andrew Mitchell for Woodlawn Post Sports