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Roll Tide- Alabama Claims Their Eleventh Title, Fifth Under Nick Saban Tying “The Bear,” Paul Bryant

January 9, 2018

Tua Tagovailoa, an almost completely inexperienced reserve quarterback, threw 3 touchdown passes, after being inserted into the game in the second half, the final one 41 yards to an open DeVonta Smith, on a second and 26 yards to go play in overtime, lifting Alabama to their 11th crown, winning (26-23) over Georgia.

This was a truly incredible game and the heroics of Tagovailoa will be an enduring story.

‘Bama coach Nick Saban, who tied the legendary Paul “Bear” Bryant with his 5th Associated Press crown at Alabama (he also won another version of the still mythical crown, while coaching LSU, sharing the ’03 crown with USC) put “Tua” into the tilt with Georgia leading (13-0) at halftime.

He threw touchdown passes to Henry Ruggs(The Third) and Calvin Ridley that respectively, cut the deficit to (13-7) and tied the game at twenty apiece.

There were so many twists and turns in this the second straight college title game, decided on the last real play of the game, this one the very last.

Tomorrow I will have more details, regarding those plays and some notes.

A truly big play, I am citing now, occurred after Georgia built a (20-7) lead and had intercepted Tagovailoa possessing the “pig” at the Alabama 39.

Likely they would go up at least 16 points, a 2td and 2 2 point conversion margin, maybe more, however, Fromm’s pass was deflected and intercepted by Raekwon Davis and returned into Georgia territory.

That play and a live bet, I knew the Tide were in it, they won it!!

 

Tua Tagovailoa (pictured above) is “an overnight sensation,” maybe through the boosters he “will drive a big expensive car.”

Sure it is a polluted culture, but, for now, hail Tua’s rescue effort, culminating in a 5th title in 9 seasons for Nick Saban and Alabama.

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