Alabama freshman WR Devonta Smith seals national title with game-winning catch

Alabama freshman WR Devonta Smith seals national title with game-winning catch

Mariota's protege and fellow Hawaii native, Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, led the Crimson Tide to an overtime win over Georgia in the title game, throwing three TD passes in the second half, including the game victor, after coming off the bench.

Alabama, however, would not be denied in its quest to win its fifth national title in nine years, putting together one of the more classic title-game comebacks behind the play of freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa - who replaced sophomore Jalen Hurts at the beginning of the second half.

And of course at the end of regulation, the kid took Alabama down the field like he had already done something like that a dozen times as the Alabama quarterback, and sets up what could have been the winning field goal, from 36 yards, for his kicker.

"He was hiring coaches and getting ready to play the national championship all at the same time", Pruitt said.

But this game will be remembered most for his decision to change quarterbacks trailing 13-0.

Saban did more than play Tagovailoa. Georgia had stopped Hurts completely in the first half.

"At that point you really need to force yourself to re-assess the situation", he said. "He did a good job, made some plays in the passing game". Great for our players.


Kiffin, the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Alabama from 2014-2016, told "The Dan Patrick Show" on Tuesday that Tagovailoa would have transferred from Alabama this offseason if he did not play against Georgia.

Tagovailoa triggered the offense in the third quarter and helped the Crimson Tide regain their confidence.

Would a sixth National Title with the Tide, a seventh for Saban, an 18th in all for Alabama, make Saban even happier? It was the only catch of the game for Smith, but there were none bigger, as he led the team in receiving. An 80-yard touchdown pass to Mecole Hardman from Fromm certainly did the trick. On their 20 three plays later, Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm launched a attractive, arching pass that Mecole Hardman run under without breaking stride for a dramatic, 80-yard touchdown to go up 20-7 and dramatically answer Alabama's score.

And so, another championship title is in the books for Alabama, and knowing Nick Saban the pursuit of another title begins today. Alabama called for a run, but Tagovailoa thought it was a pass play and threw to a receiver who was busy blocking.

But Alabama couldn't capitalize. Georgia started the second quarter with two impressive drives of 50-plus yards which ended in field goals.

While the momentum was short-lived, Tony Brown stayed focused and managed to bring in a hard interception on Georgia's first drive of the game.

Monday's game brought in 27.4 million on ESPN alone, which is up 12% from last year's telecast.

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