Tua Tagovailoa: Catholic-School Grad and Bama Freshman QB Wins It All

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson

Tua Tagovailoa: Catholic-School Grad and Bama Freshman QB Wins It All

But fresh off earning his fifth National Championship with the Crimson Tide, what else does Saban have to prove at the college level? He stepped up when his team needed him - that's what he does.

With all due respect to the houndstooth-hat legend, Paul "Bear" Bryant, and the six national titles he won roaming the Alabama sideline, Saban has surpassed them all for the No. 1 mantle.

"It was nerve-wracking", Ingram said with a grin.

The Tide actually could have won the game in regulation, but missed a very make-able 36 yard field goal attempt with just a few seconds to go and that set up the OT.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban isn't interested in leaving Alabama to become the coach of the New York Giants. That unsung hero was Alabama freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

"He's the man", Ingram said. "(We) knew this guy (Fromm) was going to be really, really special. He benched starting quarterback Jalen Hurts and called up left-handed backup QB Tagovailoa.

Millions upon millions of people watched as Alabama stunned Georgia with a 41-yard touchdown pass to win the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in overtime.

"13-0, biggest game of his life", Ingram said.

Remember back three years ago, when we debated whether Urban Meyer or Saban was the best active coach?

"He's not going to sit for another year behind Jalen (Hurts) when he feels like he didn't get the opportunity to beat him out".

With Alabama scoreless against the Georgia Bulldogs at the half in the national college-football championship on the night of January 8, 2018, the Crimson Tide's Catholic coach Nick Saban chose to throw a Hail Mary of his own.

Tagovailoa wasn't a well-seasoned freshman, having only played in seemingly meaningless minutes throughout the season, although he was heralded as a top quarterback prospect coming out of high school.

Then, on his first play of overtime, with Alabama trailing by 3, he allowed himself to get sacked, a gaffe that cost the Tide 16 yards. A couple of plays later, Fred Taylor scored the game-winner with a 1-yard TD run with 1:50 remaining, clinching a 32-29 Gators upset.

The Wilks interview satisfied the NFL's Rooney Rule, which requires teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching jobs.

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Georgia entered the game with one of the most proficient rushing attacks in college football but instead chose to try and attack Alabama's vaunted defense through the air. So, Alabama win and I go into these litanies of facts.

Alabama regained its defensive mojo, limiting the defending national champion to 188 yards and two field goals.

There were so many things, but the most important one is when I went to church with one of the coaches.

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