Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa came in for Alabama in the second half and led the Crimson Tide to victory, securing Alabama’s fifth win in the past nine years.

The Crimson Tide won the 2018 College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta with a dramatic overtime victory from a freshman backup quarterback.

Tua Tagovailoa, a true freshman from Hawaii, hit wide receiver DeVonta Smith with a game-ending 41-yard touchdown pass, scoring a 26-23 win for Alabama. The win is head coach Nick Saban’s fifth tile and sixth overall.

“I don’t know how Coach (Nick) Saban found me all the way in Hawaii from Alabama,” Tagovailoa said. “Thank God he found me and we’re here right now.”

The first half was dominated by Georgia with a 13-0 lead. Alabama missed a 42-yard field goal attempt and lost its chance to take an early lead. Alabama’s starting quarterback Jalen Hurts was replaced with Tagovailoa who led the Crimson Tide to 10 third-quarter and 10 fourth-quarter in the second half to force overtime.

Georgia took a 20-7 lead in the third quarter when Fromm hit Hardman with an 80-yard touchdown pass. Alabama came back with a touchdown and tied the game with 3:49 remaining.

Georgia could not score and Alabama missed the potential game-winning field goal.

The overtime touchdown led Alabama to victory and Georgia lost its first national title since 1980.


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