In the rematch of last year’s NCAA title clash, No.1 Alabama (13-0) managed to come back from the edge of the cliff and make a huge win against the No.4 Georgia Bulldogs (11-2) in the SEC championship game. It was 35-28 for the Crimson Tide, whose victory will be remembered by several particular things.
Everybody dreams to have a second chance. Jalen Hurts got his one. And he used it 100%.
One of the most talented quarterbacks in the country stepped on the field with some 11 minutes until the end of the game. His team was down 28-21. Tua Tagovailoa, the starting QB of the Alabama team got injured when one of his teammates stepped on his leg.
Last year in the National Championship game, Hurts was the one who sat on the bench, while Tagovailoa entered.
Now, he had a second chance to prove his worth. With 5:19 he connected with Jerry Jeudy for a 10-yard touchdown. Crimson Tide levelled the score.
Jalen Hurts with the comeback story of the year 🙏 pic.twitter.com/s3CGP79DQz
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 2, 2018
Georgia then made one of the worst mistakes seen in the last few years. On fourth-and-11 they tried to fake a punt, 3:04 minutes before the end. It turned out the be a decision which cost them the game, the title, and maybe a playoff spot.
Justin Fields ran for 2 yards, handing over the football to Hurts 52 yards away from the end zone. Five plays later, the 20-year old from Houston, Texas, rushed for a 15-yard touchdown which concluded this thrilling contest.
The Bulldogs, unlike Hurts, didn’t use their second chance tonight.
He finished with 82 yards, 7-of-9, one touchdown pass and one by rushing. Tagovailoa didn’t have one of his brightest nights, completing only 10 of his 25 throws, for 164 yards, one TD and 2 interceptions.
Jalen Hurts. Game-Winner. For the SEC Championship.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) December 2, 2018
Jake Fromm was outstanding for the Bulldogs, picking up 301 yards, three touchdown passes, without any interceptions. Nauta, Swift and Ridley all caught one of his TD passes each for Georgia. It turned out that fake-punt call ruined what might be the game of his life.
The champions are going to the playoffs, and they will be looking to win the second consecutive NCAA title, sixth in the previous 10 seasons.
Georgia has low chances of reaching the playoffs, especially when we see other contenders, like Oklahoma or Ohio State.