The rest of the world may view Saban as a bully in Alabama coaching gear, but he is one of the smartest leaders college football has ever known, and he has the hardware to prove it.
The University of Alabama capped a dramatic comeback Monday night with a long touchdown pass in overtime to win the U.S. National Collegiate Athletic Association football championship.
A week later, Alabama found itself down 13-0 at halftime with Hurts going just 3-of-8 for 21 yards that included him missing Ridley in the back of the end zone in the first quarter. Both Tagovailoa and Mariota played at Saint Louis School in Honolulu. He's built for stuff like this. "I'm so happy for him". The Bulldogs marched 68 yards with Fromm doing it with his legs - a 14-yard gain - and his arm. That's like curving a test, which is cool for the students, but there's a reason it doesn't usually happen. But that's OK because the 2016 matchup between these two teams was an all-timer itself.
What was Saban thinking as the winning pass soared this time? A lot of heart and soul.
Bama fans like Katie Meggs began arriving about an hour before the team landed at the Tuscaloosa Airport Tuesday morning. Apparently Saban had even planned for the necessity, somehow grooming Tagovailoa for that role since day one. "You know, he still gave credit to the team and everybody on the team knows the spark came from him".
Last season, Alabama lost the national title game in the final seconds to Clemson. Tua Tagovailoa took over. When it comes to title games, Saban will not, and cannot, be out-coached. On Monday, with the score tied in the final seconds of the fourth quarter, the team's kicker missed a field goal that would have won the game, instead sending the contest into overtime. The ball was intercepted in Alabama territory. He is seen as a win-at-all-costs leader who will sacrifice anyone and anything to get the next win. "Smitty was wide open".
"It has definitely set the standard", Fromm said. Just a great win.
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Alabama went three-and-out on that first possession in the second half. Maybe it's true, to an extent, but it certainly wasn't bad for TV ratings. "I couldn't be prouder of a group of players, especially the resiliency they showed in the game", coach Nick Saban said after the game. "Thank God he found me and we're here right now".
"Obviously, that was never released publicly, because you can't talk about recruits and you're not going to say that afterwards", Kiffin said.
Saban won his fifth national championship with the Tide - his sixth overall (and you know where it all started)- - without winning their conference division (SEC West).
Hurts was the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year as a freshman last season and has thrown only one interception all season.
The closed out the college football season in the.
Georgia's defense was good, too, and Tua Tagovailoa exploited issues the Bulldogs had with pass coverage.
His athleticism is there. After the Cubs scored twice in the top of the 10th, things got tense again in the bottom half of the inning, but a grounder to Kris Bryant ended the most famous championship drought in sports.