Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Catches touchdown in Title Game

Catches touchdown in Title Game

That was likely the case for all Alabama players, coaches and fans after a heart-stopping, adrenaline-pumping game that raised heart rates and called for sleep to wait. Oh, the drama of college football.

Millions upon millions of people watched as Alabama stunned Georgia with a 41-yard touchdown pass to win the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in overtime.

But Saban - who refuses to let the game pass him by even as coaches young enough to be his sons keep attempting to take him down (including former assistant Kirby Smart, who now coaches Georgia) - switched to Tagovailoa without hesitation.

The all-SEC matchup was all Georgia in the first half before Saban pulled Hurts and went with the five-star recruit from Hawaii.

Point being, Saban didn't have to make that move. He'll leave that to others.

Hurts completed just three passes for 21 yards during the title game before he was benched. They certainly would like to be again, but the New York Post shot down Arians's comment, with an unnamed source saying, "Has Nick Saban reached out to the Giants and said, "I'd like to talk to you about your job if you're still looking for a head coach?' Not to my knowledge". Debatable. And you know how we love a good debate around here.

But it was apparent from the time Tagavailoa entered the game, no moment was too big for him. We got the first down or scored a touchdown.

Tagovailoa willed the Saint Louis Crusaders to a 30-14 win in the state championship game against Kahuku, the No. 1 team in the state, at Aloha Stadium in his final game of high school. 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. Granted, it was bad coverage by Georgia's deep safety. Tagovailoa is a true freshman.

"Their fifth national championship in nine years".

It set the stage for a quarterback competition between Tagovailoa and Hurts, who is 26-2 as a starter and has helped Alabama make two title game appearances.

- He starts being the discussion for of all coaches in all sports, as CC mentioned. Then put whoever you want next in line among Frank Leahy, Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden, Bud Wilkinson, Tom Osborne, etc.

"If you look at the Sugar Bowl, you could kind of see on the sidelines some coaches and players, knowing people in that building, they were pushing for Tua in the Sugar Bowl". That might not seem like a big deal, but it was a huge factor in how the winning play transpired. Saban has coached 22 years at four schools, compiling a.781 win percentage (223-62-1).

Saban has now won five national titles in his 11 years at Alabama, and his first season doesn't really count since he had to rebuild a program that had become a laughingstock under a string of mediocre coaches.

Like this: