Alabama secured its fifth national championship in nine seasons on Monday night thanks to an incredible throw in overtime from freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
With the Crimson Tide trailing Georgia 23-20 in overtime at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Alabama faced a second-and-26 and appeared potentially three plays away from a loss.
Here’s a look at the play that will live in Alabama lore forever:
— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) January 9, 2018
That’s freshman receiver DeVonta Smith on the receiving end of the 41-yard strike. That was his only catch of the game. What’s more, the play came directly after Tagovailoa was sacked on the Tide’s first offensive play in overtime to set up the second-and-very-long situation.
Tagovailoa relieved sophomore QB Jalen Hurts at halftime after the Tide trailed 13-0 and brought them back to win the game.
He finished with three second half touchdowns on 14-of-24 passing, including the game-winner shown above. He also threw the game-tying touchdown with 3:49 remaining.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban also made history, tying Paul “Bear” Bryant with his sixth national championship.