How Alabama's surprising savior made Nick Saban believe

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"How this second half played out changes college football, because Tua is going to be one of the best quarterbacks in college football", Kiffin said on the Dan Patrick Show. Saban replaced sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime with Alabama trailing 13-0 and inserted true freshman Tua Tagovailoa, who had not taken any meaningful snaps all season.

That's what Nick Saban is after Alabama stunned Georgia in Monday night's national title game.

"This was the most average team Nick ever won with".

"He just stepped in and did his thing", Hurts said.

The sports network has now televised all ten of the most-watched cable telecasts in history, including Ohio State's victory over OR in the first ever college football playoff championship in 2015, a game that claimed the largest audience in cable history. Even with Bear Bryant's record of six national titles there for the beating next season. "But I have no point of reference". He relied on him to win the game.

In the official game program for the Dollar General Bowl between Toledo and Appalachian State, a history page listed 26 of the Rockets' 27 all-time coaches.

Tagovailoa, who attended the same high school as former OR quarterback Marcus Mariota - Saint Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii - went from unknown freshman to perhaps a Heisman Trophy candidate in 2018, throwing a game-winning 41-yard touchdown pass in overtime to DeVonta Smith. He finished 14-of-24 for 166 yards and three touchdowns, and earned the game's offensive MVP honors. So if the left side started cheering, I knew it was us.

Hurts still had to watch from the sideline as Tagovailoa experienced similar ups and downs that he has seen numerous times when we was the sarter.

And of course at the end of regulation, the kid took Alabama down the field like he had already done something like that a dozen times as the Alabama quarterback, and sets up what could have been the winning field goal, from 36 yards, for his kicker. After a false start, the 35-yard field goal became 40, and the kick by Andy Pappanastos went wide left.

"We got lots of support from our fans, and we love each and every one of them", said Hardman.

But Alabama had finally figured out how to move the ball-and they did.

"Look, we have two good quarterbacks on our team, no doubt, both of them made a great contribution to the success of the team this year", Saban said Tuesday morning. Hershel Walker, who led Georgia to its 1980 national title as a freshman running back, was honorary captain for the Bulldogs. "He was recruiting and following up and making sure things were going like they were supposed to".

Jake Fromm was 16 of 32 for 232 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Fromm got sacked all the way back to Athens, Ga., on third down.

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