Alabama came back to beat Georgia in a thriller to win the 2018 college football national championship, rising from a 13-0 halftime deficit to win in overtime. Tua Tagovailoa tossed a 41-yard pass in overtime to DeVonta Smith to give the Tide a 26-23 walkoff victory and their second championship in three years.
Alabama TD in overtime to win the National Championship pic.twitter.com/fvF0ZQKEsK
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The game was a battle until the end, with Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missing a kick as regulation ended to give the Dawgs another shot. It followed a game of twists and turns that started with Georgia looking superior after a 13-0 start in the first half. Behind a new quarterback, Alabama stormed back to score 20 points in the second half, with Georgia’s only second-half score coming on an 80-yard bomb from Jake Fromm to Mecole Hardman.
Georgia got the ball first in overtime, and Rodrigo Blankenship knocked in a 51-yard field goal after Alabama sacked Jake Fromm. The Dawgs responded with their own sack of Tagovailoa for a 16-yard loss on first down. The Tide’s true freshman QB responded with a beautiful strike to end the season.
Sophomore QB Jalen Hurts was 3-for-8 for 21 yards passing through the air in the first half, so Saban decided to go with Tagovailoa behind center when Alabama came out after halftime. The freshman from Hawaii did not disappoint.