Crimson Tide Will Not Be Denied

True freshman Tua Tagovailoa threw a perfect strike for the game winner

It all comes down to execution, and Monday Night in Atlanta it was all about Tua Tagovailoa. Heading into the locker rooms at the half, Alabama was down and Nick Saban pulled starting QB Jalen Hurts and the rest was College Championship Memories. The come back had started.

You could see the momentum turn in the third quarter as Alabama played keep away with the ball and tied the game with less then 2 minutes to go. After a missed field goal that would have won the game, It took overtime to claim its winner.

Down by three points and needing a touchdown to win in the first overtime series, Alabama backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — a true freshman who replaced starter Jalen Hurts at halftime — threw an absolute dime to wideout Devonta Smith for a 41-yard game-winning touchdown strike.

Alabama’s DeVonta Smith catches the game-winning touchdown during overtime. Alabama defeats Georgia 26-23 to win the national championship. BUTCH DILL/USA TODAY SPORTS

The win gives Nick Saban his sixth national championship, tying him with former Alabama coach Bear Bryant.

Emotions run high during a football game, and given all that’s on the line in Atlanta on Monday night, it’s not surprising to see some players getting heated. Still, Alabama linebacker Mekhi Brown took things too far during the third quarter.

Brown was flagged for a personal foul after punching Georgia’s Wyatt Payne.

Now, that’s bad enough, and when Brown got to the sideline, he received the requisite butt-chewing from Nick Saban, but afterward, he made an even bigger mistake. Apparently Brown took exception to something an Alabama coach said to him, and then Brown decided yelling at the coach wasn’t enough. He went after him too.

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