With the exception of the 80-yard touchdown pass in the second half, Georgia had to pay a price for every yard its offense gained. Herschel Walker is the best college football player I've ever seen play. When the replay was shown on the big screens of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Atlanta crowd rained boos and groans down on the officials.
It took Georgia 35 years to get into the position it was in Monday night-one win away from the national championship. Miami? Wisconsin? Auburn lost three games, two of them to playoff teams, but also beat Alabama and Georgia.
Then it was back.
The Amite, La., product was once headed to Athens.
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. Blankenship made a Rose Bowl-record 55 yarder in Georgia's 54-48 OT win over Oklahoma last weekend.
The 19-year-old added that he's "so thankful for an incredible season" and praised the senior players for setting "the standard". Instead, it was a tie game with all the momentum rolling in the Tide's direction. Through their disappointment, there remained optimism about the future at Georgia.
It's just food for thought.
"Fromm is a very bright kid", Ridley said. But Najee Harris, the running back in motion, appeared to leave a fraction of a second too early. It's amazing here at Georgia.
O.J. Howard had a few iconic touchdowns in that last championship, too. One team didn't necessarily outplay the other.
It wasn't just Tagovailoa's family that believed in that destiny. We also know that the UCF Knights finished ranked #1 in one of the major polls the Colley Rankings. Wisconsin played a high school schedule, but only lost once, to Ohio State in a close game. If Jacob Eason does in fact transfer to Washington - or anywhere else for that matter - the Bulldogs would have 20 open spots.
This is Alabama's fifth championship in the past nine years.
The best part about college football is the regular season.
"It's a very emotional time", said Tagovailoa-Amosa.
There was talk this could be the turning of the corner, that this game could be the point when Georgia takes over for Alabama as the dominant force in Southern football, which based on the numbers means college football overall. "So you're able to go to Philly and get a Mark Webb or D'Andre Swift".
The sports broadcaster carried the program on its flagship network, ESPN, as well as ESPN2 and ESPNU, as it did last year.
Zephaniah Powell was in the middle of explaining to his wife how college overtime worked. Saban stomped down the sidelines, ripping his headset off, and screaming at no one in particular. But on the next play he hit another true freshman, Smith, streaking down the left side of the field for the game-winning score.
When Alabama and Georgia reached the College Football Playoff championship game, I wondered how many people would tune in across the country.
This was a missed opportunity, but Smart set a standard using Chubb, Michel and Smith.
Next year will be a big year for Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines. "To the Polynesian community, I hope and pray that this is only the beginning", Mariota said as he accepted the award that night. It steadily moved into field-goal range, helped by a Bulldogs' face-mask penalty, Alabama controlled its fate.