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Published on Jan 8, 2018
2018 National Championship College Football Alabama vs Georgia
Known as The Hawaiian Punch
Alabama beats Georgia for title on overtime TD pass
Following a sluggish first half, Alabama Coach Nick Saban gambled on a true freshman quarterback, and it paid off with a national title. Tua Tagovailoa hit another freshman, Devonta Smith, for a 41-yard touchdown in the first overtime to give the Crimson Tide a 26-23 triumph over Georgia in the College Football Playoff championship game.
Tagovailoa, inserted for a struggling Jalen Hurts to start the third quarter, was entrusted with a crucial fourth-down play late in regulation and he made that work, as well, by hitting Calvin Ridley for a game-tying touchdown. In between his late-game heroics, Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 36-yard attempt that would have won the game with no time left in regulation, and Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship temporarily saved his team’s season with a 51-yard make on the first possession of overtime.
Alabama has now won five national titles in nine seasons, and Saban has his sixth overall, adding the one he gained with LSU in 2004. That ties him with legendary Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most championships on college football history.