Georgia coach defends disastrous trick play vs. Alabama

Tua Tagovailoa

Tua Tagovailoa

Hurts calmly guided the Crimson Tide (13-0, No. 1 CFP) to a game-tying touchdown with a 10-yard pass to Jerry Jeudy, capping a 16-play, 80-yard drive that consumed more than 7 minutes.

With Georgia facing 4th and 11 and the score tied at 28, head coach Kirby Smart made the aggressive call to fake the punt. "My opportunity came today ..." I worked so hard this week with my teammates. "It was there. We just didn't get it snapped before they covered the guy".

Last season, Georgia and Alabama were the last two teams standing before clashing in the College Football Playoff Final. The replacement threw three touchdown passes, including a 41-yarder in overtime that gave the Tide a stunning 26-23 victory. He was intercepted twice while deep in Georgia territory.

Jalen Hurts, bringing the Tide back with two fourth quarter touchdowns, delivered one of the great comeback stories in the history of college football and in the process struck a blow for everyone who has ever faced adversity and toughed it out rather than immediately running to fairer pastures. And when the team was awarded the SEC championship trophy, the pair stood together at the podium.

Alabama coach Nick Saban summed it up best: "Wow". Alabama could potentially reach the playoff even with a loss, while Georgia likely has to win to qualify. "I'm so happy, so happy for everybody".

So who gets the fourth spot in this year's playoff?

Tua Tagovailoa
GetttyTua Tagovailoa’s left-handed throwing gives him an edge in-game

No. 5 Oklahoma beat Texas for the Big 12 title and No. 6 Ohio State is leading Northwestern at the half, but did Georgia do enough today to earn a place in the playoff?

Saban vouched for Georgia's inclusion, echoing Smart's sentiment. He's quickly built Georgia into a national powerhouse, but he keeps coming up short against his ex-boss. While this one didn't end with the suddenness of that national title game, it hurt just as bad. It's that simple. (Alabama) sat at home a year ago and got to go in the (College Football Playoff semifinals) while everbody else is beating each other up, and they had a good football team.

Tagovailoa, under heavy pressure, completed 10 of 25 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown.

Hurts completed seven of nine passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.

Hurts took it from there.

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