Tagovailoa had played only sparingly. He's built a program that exudes an air of inevitability so strong it rolls over teams like a tidal wave.
Crimson Tide 26, Bulldogs 23.
Alabama Punter J.K. Scott revealed just how passionate he was by reflecting on how much Jesus has done for him.
On the next possession, Tagovailoa looked like Fromm would have no trouble earning that distinction.
It's a question that not even Saban can answer yet. A lot of it will hit close to home with LSU faithful. The kid sounded. grateful! It had the Penguins going for a repeat and the upstart Predators and their fish-throwing fans.
Tagovailoa triggered the offense in the third quarter and helped the Crimson Tide regain their confidence. "You know, he still gave credit to the team and everybody on the team knows the spark came from him".
Tagovailoa took a terrible sack on Alabama's first play, losing 16 yards.
The final missed call that will surely eat at Bulldogs fans came on Alabama's game-tying touchdown with four minutes left in the game.
Mariota said that Saint Louis School quarterbacks coach Vinny Passas, who mentored Mariota and Tagovailoa, "I'm sure he's smiling at us". The final scores were almost the same, too! I think the resiliency this team has shown all year long certainly proves that they sort of learned something from that.
Tagovailoa led Alabama down the field on his second drive as quarterback, displaying the pocket presence and arm strength people talked about, but had not seen in a true, big-game moment.
NBC won the week in prime time, averaging 9.7 million viewers. Perhaps he could make a move to H-back, using his strength to block and make catches out of the backfield. "Smitty was wide open".
Georgia, which was given no chance by virtually anyone in advance, outplayed Alabama for the most part. I know that he was never in a situation where he was behind and had to come back in a game, but the game experience, the confidence, managing the team - he does a really good job in practice ... "We were watching my phone and watching the game and just screaming the whole time". Just a great win.
Hundreds of players and many coordinators have cycled through Tuscaloosa, Alabama, during this time, but Saban remains the constant.
"He sees spacing on the field".
After a scoreless first half, Alabama regained momentum in the third quarter with its first touchdown and kickoff coverage pinning Georgia at its 7 yard line.
If you watched for a half, but moved on, too bad for you.
"Sometimes you win the game but you don't necessarily beat the other team", Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday morning. "Thank God he found me and we're here right now".
The Crimson Tide have won five of the past nine national championships, all under coach Nick Saban, and Alabama is, quite logically, going to be No. 1 on all the ridiculously, insanely, way-too-early predictions for the 2018 season. Without the penalty that erased a field goal, Alabama would've had three points, and it would've moved to 10 had Anthony Averett made what should've been an easy interception of a bad Jake Fromm throw.
Those probably aren't options that Hurts the competitor wants to hear.
You could tell from the way Saban reacted and sounded in the postgame, this was the most satisfying of all his national championships. He slipped inside, found the seam and ran 41 yards into Alabama football history.
"I haven't really thought about it, to be honest with you", he said. Now Saban is 12-0 against his former assistants. The FBS is the highest level of football in the NCAA.