The Alabama Crimson Tide took on the Georgia Bulldogs Monday January 8, 2018, and it was a nail bitter! With many hardships for both teams, the nation was ecstatic to watch them both compete.
Georgia went into the game confident after pulling off the huge win in the Rose Bowl, played against the powerhouse Oklahoma with their 2017 Heisman trophy winner Baker Mayfield. Coming down to the wire, Lorenzo Carter dealt the fatal blow to the Sooners, after blocking an Oklahoma field goal attempt, giving True Freshman Jake Fromm the go ahead possession to win the game. This gave them a home field advantage at the Mercedes Superdome in Atlanta.
Alabama and their Head Coach Nick Saban went into the Sugar Bowl uncertain of the outcome playing against their long rivals Clemson. After a strong defensive showing led by linebacker Rashaan Evans, The Tide found a way to roll on into the National Championship game once again. Beating Clemson 24-6.
As the game began, it was all Georgia, outscoring Alabama 13 to 0 in the first half. Georgia’s defense seemed to have the Alabama True Freshman Quarterback Jalen Hurts pretty well figured out. However, Georgia’s freshman quarterback J. Fromm struggled to get going passing-wise, throwing 14 incomplete passes in the same first half.
At the half, Georgia Fans were feeling pretty confident. Taylor Strong, a student at Snow College had some strong feelings indeed. “During Halftime I felt very nervous but excited because we were up by 13… but in the past Alabama has played a crappy first half and Nick Saban made adjustments to get it done.”
The second half was a whole different story. Nick Saban, in coaching genius, switched his star quarterback out for another true freshman, Tua Tagovailoa from Hawaii.Tagovailoa provided the spark the Tide needed executing effective drives to end the third quarter 20-10 with the Bulldogs still with the lead. Defense came to play the second half as well, holding Georgia to one touchdown and a big interception with six and a half minutes left to go in the third.
After the interception, the Bulldogs finally noticed the rising Tide, but by then it was too late. After the big interception, Georgia couldn’t find their rhythm. But the Tide kept rolling in the fourth outscoring the Bulldogs 10-0 tying the game at 20 with just under four minutes to play. Georgia couldn’t convert with the time so the game went into overtime.
Georgia couldn’t get anywhere with the first two downs. On third, Bama’s Terrell Lewis got a huge sack for 13, forcing the Bulldogs to a field goal, putting them up 23-20. Then the final wave hit. It seemed like the Bulldog defense was stepping up in a big way sacking Tagovailoa for 16 yards, but on the very next play the Freshman Phenom found Devonta Smith for a 41 yard pass in stride to the end zone.
After a well fought game, the Alabama Crimson Tide prevailed. In a quick interview post game, an emotional Coach Saben told ESPN’s reporter Tom Rinaldi, “Was that a good game or what? . . . This was a great win for our players, and I’ve never been happier in my life.” And for everyone watching, it definitely was a game to remember.