Alabama Claims College Football National Title
ATLANTA--Alabama isn't used to playing from behind, but that's precisely what they had to do Monday night en route to another football national championship. The Crimson Tide trailed Georgia 13-0 at halftime, but rallied to win 26-23 in overtime.
It's the 2nd national championship for Alabama in the four-year College Football Playoff era and their 5th national championship in the last decade. It's also their 17th overall.
Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa found fellow freshman DeVonta Smith wide open in the end zone after Tagovailoa took a devastating 16-yard sack to start overtime. The ending was a shocking conclusion to one of the best national title games in recent memory.
The touchdown came just moments after Georgia took a 23-20 lead to start overtime with a 51-yard field goal.
The Crimson Tide had a chance to win the game in regulation, but senior Andy Pappanastos sailed a 36-year field goal wide left of the uprights.
Despite Bama quarterback Jalen Hurts getting the start, Alabama coach Nick Saban went to Tagovailoa in relief.
Georgia's kicker Rodrigo Blankenship nailed a 51-yard field goal to give his team the lead in overtime, but Alabama won it on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Tagovailoa to DeVonta Smith.
Alabama is the second No. 4 seed in four years to win the College Football Playoff.