Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa thanks God and the internet goes wild

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2018

The Georgia Bulldogs returned to Athens today after a devastating overtime loss in the National Championship game.

"This was the most average team Nick ever won with".

"It felt good to support him", Davis said.

After the game, Hurts' class was on full display yet again.

With that, it seemed fitting that this season's championship game was played in the heart of SEC country: The University of Georgia, which is located in Athens, is about 70 miles away from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, while the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa is a 200-mile drive. Tagovailoa said he noticed Georgia was attempting to disguise a Cover-2 defense. "But I have no point of reference". It signified the end of an incredibly wild college football season that taught us many lessons that we should take with us through the doldrums of the offseason and into the 2018 season. It is also Saban's second championship win since the new playoff system was installed. Tagovailoa tied the game in the final four minutes, with a 4th-down touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley, knotting the game at 20, and setting up the thrilling finish.

Tagovailoa took a sack on first down, losing 16 yards, and putting Alabama in a 2nd and 26 predicament they figured unlikely to wrestle out of. Only the kicker, Andy Pappanastos, slips a little as he is about to swing his right leg through the ball, and misses badly to the left, and everybody goes to overtime. That looked to give Georgia a chance, and the Bulldogs scored a field goal. There is no denying the success the time has had with Hurts at quarterback, but he did need to bench Hurts and insert Tagovailoa to win Monday night. The pressure alone could have gotten to Tagovailoa, not to mention the Dawg defense, led by All-American linebacker and future first-round draft pick Roquan Smith. For two more plays.

Asked how he balanced what Hurts has done for this team vs. winning the game, Saban said he doesn't think it's possible.

"It was pretty exciting the whole way through, especially the second half". But this was the kid's movie. They came together and brought it back step by step, though, taking over to win the game in overtime with a score of 26-23.

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That 26-23 overtime win over Georgia was nearly too much to process, even for Nick Saban, who when it was over actually sputtered "I've never been happier in my life".

No disrespect to Jalen, but the real thought was they came into the game thinking we were going to run the ball and be able to run quarterback runs, which we made a couple of explosive plays on. Hurts threw 17 TDs and just 1 INT this season as well.

"He's good for stuff like this and he has the "it" factor", Hurts said. "I am so happy for him and his team". The Tide won with Saban grasping for straws this time, not mechanically processing and dominating one situation after another.

"All glory goes to God", Tagovailoa said.

He made it sound easy. But a fluky interception later in the 3rd, off an Alabama defenders helmet, helped grease the skids for the Tide's comeback.

Georgia needed to do something to regain control of the game. Wasn't its night any longer.

Add another line to Justin Thomas's resume: when he calls, Nick Saban answers.

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