Alabama vs. Georgia: Freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa replaces Jalen Hurts at halftime


The title marks their fifth in nine seasons.

Turns out, that storyline had to wait a year.

Hurts completed just 3 of 8 passes in the first half for 21 yards. In his first drive, Tagovailoa threw a touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III. Then they added a 27-yard field goal by Blankenship for a 6-0 lead with 7:33 left in the second quarter after a 70-play drive in 13 plays.

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At 20-20, the Alabama defense came up with a huge stop, and Tagovailoa drove the Tide down to the 19-yard line, where kicker Andy Pappanastos missed the potential game-winning 36-yard field goal to send the game to overtime.

The story was a familiar one for the most part up until those final few minutes for the Bulldogs.

Tua Tagovailoa hit DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard touchdown in overtime to give Alabama the victory.

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The normally reliable UGA run game found things much harder to get going than it did against Oklahoma in their semifinal win out at the Rose Bowl.

It will be interesting to see if Tagovailoa can continue to lead the Tide on scoring drives.

Alabama decided to make a quarterback change at halftime of the College Football Playoff national championship game and the early returns paid off.

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