Saban's big gamble appeared to pay off when Tagovailoa connected with Calvin Ridley for a seven-yard touchdown to tie the game with 3:49 to play.
It was nearly disaster in overtime when he was sacked for a big loss.
Tagovailoa completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns, including the ideal strike to DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard game victor in overtime on second and 26.
Put it all together and you've got five national titles in nine years for Saban at Alabama. Tagovailoa guided the Crimson Tide to a 13-point comeback, and he threw for 166 yards and three touchdowns, one of which clinched the win in overtime.
Unreal game. Unreal performance by a true freshman in the National Title game no less. I started playing when I was 4 years old, played club up until freshman year of high school. Since then, the Tide have played 129 games and were ranked in the top spot in 62 of them. I had to do this for my Dad. The dogs could not get anything going in the second half, and the Crimson Tide often struck, tying the game and leading to one hell of a finish. I think that we haven't really made a decision about that. One for each of us.
We develop certain habits over our lifetime - how we like to eat food, our favorite place to watch TV on the couch and routine for getting ready for our day in the morning.
"We needed a spark on offense", Saban said.
Whatever the case, get ready for a whole lot more of Alabama, Alabama, Alabama. "You know, he has that "it" factor, and I'm so happy for him, happy for this team". "Roll Tide!" said Meggs. "I'm being reckless, but we just won the National Championship", said Randolph.
You may be wondering why, on a soccer website, we are talking about college football.
Trump + a large number of black football players + two teams representing the heart of Trump's base + Kendrick Lamar, who regularly raps about social injustices, racism and his disdain for Trump, performing at halftime = drama. I'm a leader, and that's what leaders do. Both of them made a great contribution to the success of the team this year. Brandon Lee of Honolulu says Hawaii residents take pride in watching someone from the islands shine on a national stage.
His quarterback, Jalen Hurts, just didn't have it on Monday night. He's built for stuff like this, he has that impact.
His touchdown catch against Vanderbilt was nice, but what sold me on Smith was watching him account for the deciding score against Mississippi State on the road.
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