Alabama Crimson Tide faced off against the Georgia Bulldogs for the College Football National Championship.
The first quarter went scoreless on both sides up until the second quarter where the Bulldogs notched in two field goals and a touchdown to go up 13-0 before Kendrick Lamar performed at the halftime show.
For the second half of the game, Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban pulled his starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and turned to his freshman quarterback, 5-star prospect Tua Tagovailoa who delivered immediately, scoring the Tide’s first points on the second drive of the second half, passing it to fellow freshman Henry Ruggs III.
With the score 13-7 Georgia’s freshman quarterback Jake Fromm threw an 80-yard bomb to Mecole Hardman Jr., who took it the rest of the way for the Bulldogs second touchdown of the night and to extend Georgia’s lead to 13.
Tempers hit a high in the second half as Mike Brown of the Crimson Tide threw a punch at a Georgia player which caused a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct against Alabama. Brown was pulled from the game and exchanged some heated words with head coach Saban.
The Tide made it a one possession game after nailing a 40-yard field goal making it 20-13. Georgia could not respond and Alabama retained possession for their star freshman quarterback in hopes of tying the game.
‘Bama’s freshman Tagovailoa delivers again, able to needle the pigskin through the Bulldogs defense into Calvin Ridley’s hands to tie the game up at 20.
With 2 minutes left, Georgia gave up possession of the ball on downs, and with six seconds left and 36 yards to go, Andy Pappanastos field goal attempt for the National Championship — went wide left and the game headed into overtime.
Georgia received the ball to start the overtime and pushed the ball to the 51-yard where Rodrigo Blankenship barely got the ball over the yellow bars to take a 23-20 lead — but a touchdown solidifies the win.
All game long, the Alabama freshman Tagovailoa had shined, and when the time came, he delivered. After getting sacked for a 16-yard loss, but on the second down Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard pass to freshman Devonta Smith and the rest is history.
Alabama wins it behind their spectacular freshman quarterback 26-23. ‘Bama’s second championship in three years and head coach Saban’s sixth national title.