Alabama Rallies To Force OT, Wins National Championship Against Georgia

Andrew Cummings
January 13, 2018

After falling behind 13-0 after the first 30 minutes of play, Alabama head coach Nick Saban went with a youth movement, replacing a number of positions, including quarterback, with freshmen phenoms such as Harris.

We're reminded of the time-tested adage - that's why the game is played.

Led by senior QB Jake Browning, and a dominant offensive line, the Huskies could reach the playoff for the second time in three years. It is comparatively harder for him than it was maybe for a Paul "Bear" Bryant of Alabama.

Najee Harris, a running back for Crimson Tide, rolled to a team-high 64 yards - including a game-high 35-yard burst - on the ground to help lead Alabama to a come-from-behind victory over Georgia in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

So 2018 begins with the kind of game and the kind of memory that we had throughout 2017. "It's not just about winning the championship".

Still, Tagovailoa left the locker room at halftime and completed 14-of-26 passes for 166 yards, adding another 27 yards rushing. It's a horror movie, played on an endless loop.

The Bulldogs came out fast on defense, looking like the far superior team, racking in 13 straight points after a missed field goal from Alabama.

Overtime did that, and got the kid who hooked that ball off the hook forever in Alabama. Georgia had stopped Hurts completely in the first half. Tua Tagovailoa made an incredible impact at last night's game, apparently in spite of the... language gap?

Is it possible that Hurts could have brought Alabama back in the second half?

The move to Tagovailoa paid dividends on his second possession.

Fromm got sacked all the way back to Athens, Ga., on third down. The Crimson Tide would go on to kick a field goal on that drive to pull within seven points. It's about getting the best and the most from your players every day. Off the bench and out of the chorus.

The hero's name is DeVonta Smith, and he has played the same role before. Saban is a coach who understands how the game is played. "These are things that I know that I cannot do forever, but they're certainly things that I have enjoyed and hope I can continue to enjoy in the future". "I think that we haven't really made a decision about that".

Browning tweeted: "If parts of our playbook were tweeted out like this coach Pete would be close to just spontaneously combust into thin air out of anger".

"He's good for stuff like this and he has the "it" factor", Hurts said. "I couldn't be prouder of him taking advantage of the opportunity".

Tagovailoa had a big arm and could clearly throw the ball longer and deeper than Hurts. His record as the Alabama starter was 25-2.

But character, poise and maturity took over and he knew to think and speak first of his team. He sat down a kid with those numbers and then watched as the backup from Hawaii put up all the numbers Alabama needed.

"The ratings were up, the game was fantastic, it was competitive", Cubelic said. "Thank God he found me and we're here right now".

He made it sound easy.

It took late-game magic from Clemson's Deshaun Watson to vanquish the Crimson Tide in last season's quest. After Tagovailoa's one really bad throw, one that caused an interception, Fromm threw a ball that bounced off a helmet and ended up in the hands of Alabama's Raekwon Davis. He hadn't played in any game since November 18, or faced any FBS opponent since October 21.

It's become a trademark of Alabama's championship quests the last three seasons. Not even in the movies.

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