Jalen Hurts might have a 25-2 record as the starting quarterback at Alabama, including back-to-back trips to the College Football Playoff and he might have an SEC Offensive Player of the Year award under his belt and more than 6,500 total yards and 61 career touchdowns.
But last night, he was toast.
And his coach, Nick Saban, knew it.
So coming out of halftime, Saban did the unthinkable. On the game's biggest stage, with a title on the line, he rolled the dice and benched Hurts in favor of a true freshman with eight games of backup experience under his belt. Tua Tagovailoa, the previously unheard of lefty from Hawaii who came in and resuscitated a struggling offense just in time for Alabama to overcome a double-digit deficit and beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win its fifth national championship under Saban.
Everything was great: the game, the halftime performance with rapper Kendrick Lamar...And on top of that...
Just minutes after the University of Alabama pulled off a thrilling overtime win in the National Championship game, offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman pulled out a ring and took a knee to propose to his girlfriend, Nikki Hegstetter, who said yes.
It's a good thing Alabama won the game.