Nick Saban designed a quarterback switch at halftime and Alabama has its fifth national championship in nine years thanks to wild time beyond regulation victory.
Tua Tagovailoa strike fellow freshman DeVonta Smith for a forty one-garden landing go as Alabama rallied from a 13-level deficit in the third quarter for a 26-23 victory about surprised Georgia on Monday night in the Higher education Soccer Playoff Championship Game.
Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a fifty one-garden subject to start off time beyond regulation, but Tagovailoa, who experienced replaced starter Jalen Hurts, strike Smith in the close zone just one play right after taking a sack.
The victory gave Saban 6 national championships — just one at LSU — and tied him with Alabama legend Bear Bryant for the most ever.
Alabama, down 20-7 at just one level, appeared set to get in regulation, but kicker Andy Pappanastos was vast left from 26 yards out as time expired.
Tagovailoa’s winner in time beyond regulation was his third landing go of the game. He finished 14 of 24 for 166 yards.
Georgia freshman quarterback Jake Fromm was 16 of 32 for 232 yards and a landing, throwing two interceptions to Tagovailoa’s just one.
Alabama went for it on fourth-and-four from the 7-garden line and tied the game with 3:49 remaining in regulation as Tagovailoa strike Calvin Ridley in the close zone to climax a 66-garden generate that benefited from a Georgia go interference connect with.
Tagovailoa replaced Hurts to start off the second half and led Alabama to a landing on his second series, hitting Henry Ruggs III from six yards out.
Georgia swiftly countered, while, as Fromm teamed with Mecole Hardman for an 80-garden landing on the fourth play right after taking about at the 7-garden line next the kickoff.
Pappanastos designed a 43-garden subject objective late in the third quarter right after an exchange of interceptions and strike from thirty yards early in the fourth to slash Georgia’s direct to 20-13.
Georgia outgained Alabama 223 yards to ninety four in the 1st half and led 13- on vast receiver Hardman’s one-garden sweep on a immediate snap with seven seconds left in advance of intermission.
The landing generate included sixty nine yards and the Bulldogs went fifty five and 70 yards to set up second-quarter subject ambitions of forty one and 27 yards by Blankenship.
Alabama experienced a likelihood for an early direct right after safety Tony Brown intercepted Fromm on Georgia’s third play, but a phony start off penalty wiped off a 35-garden subject objective and Pappanastos skipped from forty.
Hurts experienced a 31-garden operate in the 1st half and 47 yards on the floor whole, but only 21 yards passing when completing 3-of-eight throws.
NOTES: President Donald Trump attended the game and was on the subject for the Nationwide Anthem. … Herschel Walker, who led Georgia to its 1980 national title as a freshman working again, was honorary captain for the Bulldogs. … Alabama was without having OLB Anfernee Jennings and RG Lester Connor, who both equally endured knee accidents in the Sugar Bowl, and LT Jonah Williams experienced to depart early in the third quarter. … There was a leak from the closed retractable roof at the west twenty five-garden line during warmups, but it was not an challenge during the game. … P JK Scott and OLB Rashaan Evans have been the only Alabama gamers to play in the Higher education Soccer Playoff each individual of its 4 years. … Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, like Georgia’s Kirby Intelligent two years back, labored the title game in advance of taking about as an SEC head mentor. Pruitt will mentor Tennessee. … The 2019 CFP championship will be played at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.