It was the freshman mistake of all freshman mistakes. And then it wasn’t.
With Georgia up by 3 points in overtime of the National Championship Game, Davin Bellamy sacked Tua Tagovailoa on Alabama’s first play of overtime, pushing the Crimson Tide way out of field-goal range.
That brought up 2nd-and-26, and we all know what happened from there. Alabama ran four verticals, Tagovailoa looked off Georgia safety Dominick Sanders, and then he dropped a dime to a wide open DeVonta Smith, who crossed the goal line and sprinted across the end zone as the confetti fell.
Nick Saban said many times afterward that he couldn’t believe Tagovailoa took the sack. And this weekend, he revealed that he later asked his freshman quarterback what he was thinking.
Speaking at a Mercedes-Benz VIP event, Saban laughed when recounting Tagovailoa’s answer. See what Saban said in this video from AL.com:
“How it happened was I asked Tua after the game, I said, ‘Why did you take a sack when we needed a field goal to stay in the game?’ He said we just needed more room to throw the ball, so, that’s how it happened.”
Another perfect answer from the freshman, who seemed to have all of them that night in Atlanta as he led the Tide to the comeback win for national championship No. 17.
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