ATLANTA – The dynasty is more alive than ever and thanks to Tua Tagovailoa.
The first-year quarterback was sent to the field in the biggest frame of collegiate football and responded by throwing a 41-yard touchdown pass in second and 26, to give Alabama its fifth national title in the last nine years, after winning 26-23 to Georgia in overtime at the CFP National Championship.
Tagovailoa was caught a play earlier when he did not find a receiver and the Crimson Tide seemed to be on the ropes, after the Bulldogs went up in their first overtime attack with a 51-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship.
In the action that defined the championship, Tagovailoa made a deception of short pass to the right, which allowed that DeVonta Smith defeated on his route to the corner that covered him to catch the pass that gave the championship to Alabama.

The Crimson Tide (No. 4) recovered from going down by 13 points twice and had a chance to take the title in regular time, but Andy Pappanastos missed his second field goal attempt of the game, this one of 36 yards, when the clock expired in the fourth period.
With an aggressive and disciplined defense, the Bulldogs (No. 3) underwent Crimson Tide’s attack in the first half, which prompted Nick Saban, coach of Alabama, to decide to send quarterback Jalen Hurts to the bench and send Tagovailoa to the field in the third period.
Georgia took advantage of his defensive dominance with 17 points in the second quarter through two Blankenship field goals and a one-yard touchdown run by Mecole Hardman with seven seconds remaining in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, Tagovailoa began writing one of the most incredible chapters in the history of collegiate football when he escaped what seemed like a catch to get a first and 10 and, seconds later, connect with Henry Ruggs III in a pass from six-yard touchdown that brought the Crimson Tide closer.


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