Crimson Classic Replay: 2nd & 26
Are you missing Alabama football? Stuck in quarantine and bored of the same old shows and programs? Relive some of the biggest games in the Nick Saban era with Eli Gold and Tide 100.9.
Each week for the next two weeks, Tide 100.9 FM in partnership with Learfield IMG College will air classic Alabama games during the Saban era. The games will be aired on Saturdays and Sundays on Tide 100.9 FM, our web browser and the TIDE APP. The game this weekend will air on Saturday, June 6 and on Sunday, June 7 at noon.
Down 13-0 at halftime of a national championship game, Nick Saban had a decision to make. Stick with sophomore quarterback with a 27-2 record or put in highly touted freshman who hadn't played meaningful minutes all year?
Saban decided it was time for a change and put Tua Tagovailoa into the most important game of the season. The second half began an Alabama's offense went three and out and tensions rose even more, had Saban made the right choice? Would the coach put Hurts back in?
Saban stuck with Tagovailoa and the freshman led the Tide down the field and got Alabama on the board, tensions eased but only momentarily as the Bulldogs answered with a touchdown of its own.
The Tide was down 20-10 entering the fourth quarter with Coach Saban's record in national championships and against his former assistants in jeopardy.
Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide defense dug in and covered the 10-point deficit in the quarter to extend the game to overtime and the rest is glorious Crimson Tide history.
Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 51-yard field goal in Georgia's possession putting the Tide down 23-20.
Tagovailoa took a sack on the first play of the drive for a 16-yard loss, Crimson Tide anxieties were at an all-time high. Then lightning struck in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on 2nd & 26 in Atlanta, Tagovailoa dropped back, looked off a safety and found DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard touchdown pass to win the national championship.
Alabama freshman, Tagovailoa, Smith and Najee Harris led the Crimson Tide offensively and secured Saban's sixth national championship.
Join Tide 100.9 FM this weekend as we replay one of the biggest comebacks in Alabama history. The game will be aired at noon on Saturday and Sunday on June 6 and June 7.
Listen on Tide 100.9 FM or stream it on the free Tide1009app.
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