Catches touchdown in Title Game

Catches touchdown in Title Game

Nick Saban huddled Alabama's quarterbacks together at halftime and pulled the trigger on arguably the biggest gamble of his storied coaching career.

The College Football Playoff national championship game might have been the last time freshman running back Najee Harris has to wait to carry the ball for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

"I still can't believe that this is what happened", Tagovailoa said Tuesday morning. He had five more make that decision this year.

Tagovailoa's strong left arm helped spark a 26-point second-half comeback for the Crimson Tide (13-1). Alabama had no answers offensively, as sophomore QB Jalen Hurts had completed just three of his eight pass attempts for only 28 yards with another eight rushes for 47 yards. Monday night's game drew a 16.7 overnight TV rating, a nine percent jump over last year's national championship game between Clemson and Alabama. It will take all the factors into consideration and then runs the game based on how it would play out. The corner trap on that single receiver side, and I held the safety in the middle. I did not include a Pac-12 team in my top 10 in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll. Meyer is still great, yes, but Saban - who got his head coaching start at Toledo in 1990 - just secured his place as the greatest of them all, matching Bear Bryant with his sixth national championship. Oh, the drama of college football. It sounded more like a regional championship than a national championship with the game being played at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

"We went off of hard work and perseverance and I think that showed the season because we had a hard fought loss, came back and won it all", said Nikolette Jones. ( 1951-1998 ) As you put that in perspective, 38 years and counting isn't really that bad is it?

Tua Tagovailoa

Tagovailoa went on to win Offensive MVP honors in the game and threw the game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime to clinch the win.

Ridley leaves as Alabama's second all-time leader in catches, 220, and receiving touchdowns, 18, and third all-time in receiving yards with 2,749 yards. The pressure alone could have gotten to Tagovailoa, not to mention the Dawg defense, led by All-American linebacker and future first-round draft pick Roquan Smith. The point-after tied the game at 20. However, that had been the case all year, so why was Saban going with the freshman quarterback at such a big moment? However, Alabama's defense certainly kept the Tide in the game.

Once there, Tagovailoa made sure his coach's gamble paid off in full.

"I just thought we had to throw the ball, and I felt he could do it better, and he did", Saban said Tagovailoa (ESPN). "Thank God he found me and we're here right now".

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