How this Alabama game-time gamble paid off

Alabama football celebrates national championship

"It is hard", Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. Saban replaced sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime with Alabama trailing 13-0 and inserted true freshman Tua Tagovailoa, who had not taken any meaningful snaps all season.

Amid the euphoria following Alabama's thrilling 26-23 overtime win against Georgia in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game Monday, coach Nick Saban took a well-deserved victory lap around the sidelines at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Tagovailoa hadn't appeared in a game decided by single-digits.

Later, he also offered a simple tweet giving glory to God, saying, "God, thank you". He had five more make that decision this year.

Tagovailoa's production and heroics on the biggest stage the sport has to offer combined with Hurts being limited in the passing game has led some to already anoint the Hawaiian sensation as the starter heading into the 2018 offseason.

ESPN said Tuesday that ratings for Alabama's overtime win over Georgia were up nine percent over the ratings for Clemson's last-second win over Alabama a year ago in the national championship. Not to be deterred, Tagovailoa went for broke. Tagovailoa had never expected to play. For a brief moment, it looked like they would. The corner trap on that single receiver side, and I held the safety in the middle. "We're proud of the team and proud of our coaches and we're all big fans of Alabama".

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If it might be understandable to overlook, say, Walt Hobt (1919-1920) or Boni Petcoff (1926-29); it is a little less so to forget the greatest college football coach of all time. He won the game with a 41 yard strike on the last play of the evening. But the Georgia kicker, Rodrigo Blankenship, made a kick from 51 yards away.

And that's not to mention there was a heck of a football game played between Alabama and Georgia.

Of the five weapons signed, two of them brought in touchdown receptions from freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa - including one for a game-winning score versus Georgia.

Finally, when a disastrous sack opened Alabama's overtime possession, Saban hoped that new playcaller Brian Daboll, a former Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator, could come up with something remotely positive to get his balky kicker in position to force a second extra period. "But that just goes to show that whenever coach puts his faith in us, we try to deliver".

"Jesus left Heaven-perfect communion and happiness with the Father-and died for me, just for a shot that I would even consider Him".

Tagovailoa almost helped win it in regulation as he drove the Tide to the Georgia 17 to set Pappanastos up for a game-winner, but the senior pulled the try wide left as time expired.

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