This was after Nick Saban, the best college coach of all time having the best coaching night he has ever had, made the move to Tagovailoa at halftime of the title game against Georgia because at that point Saban's starter, Jalen Hurts, had produced just 21 passing yards and was starting to look like he might want to try things left-handed.
"I don't think you can judge that".
Tuesday morning's heartbreaking loss by University of Georgia to Alabama in the national championship game was a double whammy to Telly Williams, who's still recovering from the Atlanta Falcons' meltdown in last year's Super Bowl.
The game, played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, kicked off with an appearance from President Donald Trump, who was greeted with cheers - and a smattering of boos - as he walked onto the field with members of the ROTC during the pregame festivities. And even though he won't be with the team next year, Michel said he hopes what he and the rest of the team accomplished this year and how close they made it to bringing a championship back to Athens will play a role in how the Bulldogs come out and compete in the coming fall.
Nick Saban has won five championships with the Tide, but none of those teams had a QB that was this precocious, this young.
Last night's primetime game is up 9% in the early ratings over the Clemson-Alabama battle of previous year.
In the end, Tagovailoa came in and cut loose 24 passes, completing 14 for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Their loss to Alabama was heartbreaking, but there were signs that pointed to a bright future for Georgia. Saban is the highest paid college football coach in the country-and, according to AL.com, one of the highest paid American sports coaches, period.
"So, you know, thank God for that, and I'd just like to thank my teammates and coach Saban for giving me the opportunity".More news: UFC 221: Robert Whittaker issues statement on withdrawal from Luke Rockhold bout
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While early on it looked like the Bulldogs had Alabama's number, a crucial quarterback change at the half seemed to be the deciding factor. "Being under coach Saban ...each and every day was like an National Football League game".
What was Saban thinking as the winning pass soared this time?
"One of the unique qualities about Hawaii is that whenever you see a local person shine, on a national stage especially, we all have this certain pride that we feel and especially when they do it with humility and class like he did last night", Lee said.
Tagovailoa took a sack on first down, losing 16 yards, and putting Alabama in a 2nd and 26 predicament they figured unlikely to wrestle out of. "It was a great team effort". His objective was to have 11 players on the field playing as one cohesive unit - a group that could limit their mistakes rather than focusing the defense around a few star players.
Washington State, which lost to Michigan State 42-17 in the Holiday Bowl, was the only team ranked in the final regular-season poll to fall out of the Top 25 after the bowl season.
Although Alabama let up more than that on many points on Monday alone, the program's commitment to success remains the same.
The Bulldogs, however, joined a much smaller list of SEC teams that suffered heartbreak when the crown is within their reach.
It's the second-most-watched title game behind 2015, when 34 million saw Ohio State beat Oregon.