In the second half of Monday’s national championship game, Alabama head coach Nick Saban made the switch to backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Jalen Hurts finished the first half with 21 passing yards, and Alabama trailed Georgia 13-0.
After a slow start, Tagovailoa made a crazy scramble to wake up the Alabama offense. From there, he took Alabama down the field for their first touchdown of the evening.
How does he get out of this?
And then the throw. It was immediately apparent that Tagovailoa is more comfortable throwing the football than Hurts has been in two seasons.
The honeymoon didn’t last long. After a long Georgia TD raised the lead back to 13, Tagovailoa threw his first interception on an overthrow.
The top dual-threat quarterback in last year’s recruiting class, it’s hard to find someone saying a bad word about Tagovailoa. He went to St. Louis high school in Hawaii, the same school as Titans QB Marcus Mariota. He didn’t just win the Elite 11 QB Camp, he was so impressive that Trent Dilfer compared him to Aaron Rodgers.
For Tagovailoa, it’s his first legitimate action at Alabama. He’s made several appearances this season, but Monday night is the first game Tagovailoa took snaps where ‘Bama was not already ahead by double digits.