Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Alabama beats Georgia in epic national championship comeback

Alabama beats Georgia in epic national championship comeback

When his young star quarterback got off to a lousy start, Saban switched to an even younger one, true freshman Tua Tagovailoa, and came climbing out of a couple of 13-point holes. The 26-23 overtime win handed Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban his record-tying sixth major national championship.

Saban did more than play Tagovailoa.

After Georgia kicked a field goal to go up 23-20 in overtime, Tagovailoa's extra period got off to a awful start when he was sacked on the first snap for a major loss.

Brown, a sophomore who has played on special teams this season, did return to the game, making a tackle on a Georgia kick return.

Tagovailoa was an afterthought coming into Monday night in Atlanta.

Another crucial ruling that helped came just a few plays later.

On the Bulldogs' final drive of the first half, they drove the length of the field for the game's first touchdown.

The referees once again missed the call, and what would've been a 15-yard penalty and automatic first down instead became a Georgia punt.

The most dramatic came on an 80-yard touchdown catch by Mecole Hardman, as he spun away from the defense to extend Georgia's lead.

"I think Coach Bryant is probably the best coach of all time because of the longevity of his tenure as a coach and the way he changed", Saban said.

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Michel's wonderful 26-yard run on a third-and-20, where he tightroped down the sideline, kept alive Georgia's first scoring drive that ended with Blankenship's 41-yard field goal. He completed 35 of 53 passes for 470 yards with eight touchdowns against one interception, mostly in mop-up duty.

All those worries were abruptly alleviated: Tagovailoa fired a flawless pass to Smith, who hauled in the championship-winning touchdown on only his eighth reception of the season, an instantly iconic play that delivered Alabama yet another memorable championship moment and Georgia yet another dose of heartbreak. I'm proud of what we did this year - a big turnaround from year one to year two. The Crimson Tide went 14-1 a year ago, losing to Clemson with one second left after Hurts' go-ahead touchdown run.

Just another game. Just another title.

"He's built for stuff like this", he added.

There was more than Tagovailoa, of course. He would transfer to Alabama before the 2016 season and won the starting job at the start of this year. Alabama hadn't been held scoreless in the first half since last season. He finished 14-of-24 for 166 yards and three touchdowns, and earned the game's offensive MVP honors.

What if I were to tell you that Saban isn't slowing down at the age of 66, and that after winning six national titles, including one with LSU in 2003, he's still adapting and finding new ways to crush the competition? "I'm being reckless, but we just won the National Championship", said Randolph.

Trailing 13-0 at halftime, Saban turned to Tagovailoa.

"We try to teach them to play the next play and show resiliency and make the next play".

It's not like Saban has never been shocked and disappointed in a similar manner.

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