by Lizzie Sponaugle
The fourth National College Football Championship Game took place Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 between the fourth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and the third-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
The Tide won their fifth national title in the last nine years in a comeback overtime win with a score of 26-23. This is the fourth college football playoff and Alabama’s second win. This win was a thrilling redemption for Alabama and its fans, who experienced a heartbreaking loss in the championship last year to the Clemson Tigers.
However, the biggest story of the game was not the comeback win or even Alabama’s redemption, but the true freshman quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, that made it all possible. Tagovailoa saw limited action throughout the season and did not play at all in Alabama’s semi-final game.
At half-time, The Tide trailed 13-0 and Jalen Hurts, Alabama’s veteran and starting quarterback who played the first half of the game, was struggling. He ended his day at the half with 3/8 completions and zero touchdowns. The change was made and Tagovailoa entered the game after halftime.
He finished the game completing 14/24 passes with three touchdowns and one interception and earned The College Football Playoff National Championship Offensive MVP award. While Tagovailoa’s performance was impressive and played a key role in Alabama’s win, there is still room for improvement and there is no doubt he will be an exciting player to watch over the next few years.