09 Jan Alabama stuns Georgia to win national championship in overtime thriller
Alabama won its second national football championship in three years with a thrilling comeback victory in overtime Monday night over conference rival Georgia in Atlanta.
Two plays after Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship blasted a 51-yard field goal in overtime to put the Bulldogs ahead, 23-20, Crimson Tide freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hit receiver DeVonta Smith on a 41-yard bomb to win the game, 26-20.
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Alabama’s offense, which did little in the first half and entered halftime down 13-0, finally showed signs of life after Tagovailoa replaced starter Jalen Hurts to begin the third quarter. Alabama outscored the Bulldogs 26-10 after he entered the game. Tagovailoa ended up 14-for-24 with 166 yards passing, including three touchdowns.
When it don’t matter what you intend to do, cause God got ya either way. pic.twitter.com/GdLpZuHvWM
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Head coach Nick Saban won his sixth national title, tying Alabama legend Bear Bryant for the most ever in NCAA football.
Alabama had a chance to win the game in regulation time, but Andy Pappanastos missed a game-winning 36-yard field goal as time expired.
Alabama beat Clemson in the national title game two years ago, and lost to Clemson last year.
President Donald Trump attended the game at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and caused a stir when he walked on the field for the national anthem. He received a mix of cheers and boos, and attempted to sing along to parts of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
President Donald Trump takes the field at NCAA Football National Championship game. pic.twitter.com/GQxbanM2nT
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Trump had his share of detractors though. One Alabama player yelled “F— Trump” in the tunnel before running on the field, and a number of similarly profane signs greeted the president outside the stadium.
Before the game, fans were temporarily halted from entering the stadium for about an hour while Trump’s motorcade arrived and he entered the building.