Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Mark Edwards: Rewatch gives different view of title game

Mark Edwards: Rewatch gives different view of title game

After Monday's nail-biting national championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs, even the most indifferent Alabama residents can't help but bask in the glow of yet another national title. Tua Tagovailoa lead the team after spending a majority of the year backing up Jalen Hurts, showing off his ability and calm demeanor in the process.

But all this time, there was not only a calmness about Tagovailoa, but there was something more important: He gave Alabama's offense hope.

When Tagovailoa got the snap, and threw the ball - one that had some hang time and the seconds that hung feeling like an eternity - toward the left sideline, almost every Georgia fans' heart skipped a beat and hoped that what was about to happen was not happening. "They deserve this ranking".

Summoned at halftime, freshman Tua Tagovailoa, the backup to can't-quite-throw-it-well-enough Jalen Hurts, became an instant legend.

The two things I've come to associate with Georgia-Alabama games are rain and heartbreak.

Saban, engulfed in a blanket of well-wishers, friends and media, acknowledged thousands of Crimson Tide fans in disbelief about what they had just witnessed. The biggest question mark for the Tide heading into the offseason is who will start at quarterback.

After a scoreless first half, Alabama regained momentum in the third quarter with its first touchdown and kickoff coverage pinning Georgia at its 7 yard line. Facing fourth-and-goal from the 7, down seven, the left-hander moved to his left and zipped a pass through traffic that hit Calvin Ridley in the numbers for the tying score with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter.

Sharing his victory with his family, Crimson Tide wide receiver Robert Foster gave his championship jersey to his young son after the game.

Can a comeback be planned, or is it a twist of fate, a moment in reality where statistics and odds are useless and every play seems like divine intervention? Pruitt will coach Tennessee. Chances are it will be atop the preseason polls that come out in August.

Introducing Nick Saban, the head coach of Alabama. Alabama will open next season ranked number one again. "If you can't overcome hard, you're never going to have any great victories in your life". The only possible loss at tailback is Damien Harris.

What comes next for Alabama hero Tua Tagovailoa?

Sadly, for college football fans, that means saying goodbye to smell of late August air and your team's practicing in the scorching heat, chilly Saturday nights in the fall and unforgettable tailgates that made the wins and losses worthwhile for your team. Star linebacker Roquan Smith would appear to be a likely early National Football League draft entry.

Smart told the players in the locker room after the game that he loved them and was proud of what they did this season after going 8-5 in his first year as coach, tight end Isaac Nauta said. However, don't expect the standard of performance to change much on the Crimson Tide defense.

Georgia will lose a slew of senior contributors to the NFL. But as expected in Tuscaloosa, the next wave of stars is ready to step up. Other than Smith, juniors Deandre Baker, Trenton Thompson and Terry Godwin are mulling their football futures too.

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Following the worst play he'd ever make, in the biggest game he'd ever played, Tagovailoa put his arm around Saban, telling the legendary coach not to worry. But those 21 points are the fewest Saban's Tide teams had ever scored in a BCS or CFP game. "But the national champions should start the next season where they ended this one".

With the poise of a veteran, Tagovailoa looked to his right, causing the Georgia safeties to slide toward that side of the field.

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