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.
Last season, Alabama lost the national title game in the final seconds to Clemson. In overtime, after 'Bama missed a game-winning field at the end of regulation, was down 23-20 and Tagavailoa took a horrific 16-yard sack, he then made a throw for the ages.
Under NCAA rules, each team is given a chance to possess the ball and score. With the win against Georgia head coach - and former Alabama assistant - Kirby Smart, Saban improves to 12-0 against his former staffers in his tenure as Alabama's head coach.
Tua Tagovailoa, a ukulele-playing, left-handed freshman from Hawaii, took the field at the start of the third quarter with Alabama trailing 13-0 and doing absolutely nothing on offense. Hard pass. I don't think I want to see a three-loss team in the playoffs either.
If you saw Jake Fromm play in this year's CFB Playoff, it's easy to see why Georgia will be serious contenders next season.
Tua Tagovailoa became a household name, as the freshman quarterback's second-half performance was the sparkplug that the Alabama offense needed. There's no better answer for the eighth team in this scenario than there is for the Alabama-Ohio State debate. So, he made a bold move by benching his starting quarterback, Jalen Hurts, in favor of Tua Tagovailoa. "The new BBB stands for the Big Baller Brand".
Georgia will lose a slew of senior contributors to the NFL.
It's Saban's sixth national title overall, tying him with fellow Alabama great Bear Bryant, and it's his fifth at Alabama since 2009.
The next most watched bowl game was the Orange Bowl as 11.7 million viewers tuned in to see Wisconsin beat Miami, 34-24.
After a scoreless first half, Alabama tied Georgia at 20 with less than four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
However, that didn't stop Alabama's Bo Scarbrough from expressing his right to free speech. The ending was a shocking conclusion to one of the best national title games in recent memory. Here are the early betting odds for the teams in contention to win the 2019 College Football Playoff title. "Tagovailoa created some kind of experience for Alabama fans Monday, that's for sure", the publication reported. Despite that, he is still going to take some time to enjoy this win. "He's a gamer. He understands the game of football". His paternal grandfather, Seu, is the one who predicted football stardom and went over every game with his grandson. I think the resiliency this team has shown all year long certainly proves that they sort of learned something from that.
But his coaching job Monday confirmed it. Who else would have had the nerve to pull a second-year quarterback who was 25-2 as a starter for a true freshman who had not taken a meaningful snap all season.at halftime of the biggest game of the year? Completions that looked easy and seamless in the first half, were dropped and swatted down in the second. "I pray for peace, I just pray, asking God, let your will be done in me, and the rest will follow".
Admittedly, the above claim could be challenged by other schools, Pittsburgh would be one example.