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Alabama defeats Georgia in College Football National Championship

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Alabama has beaten Georgia 26-23 in overtime to win its fifth national championship since 2009 under Nick Saban.

Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith after getting sacked on Alabama's opening play of the extra session. Georgia had the ball first in overtime, and Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 51-yard field goal.

Alabama's Andy Pappanastos missed what would have been the winning 36-yard field goal as time ran out in regulation.

Tagovailoa took over for an ineffective Jalen Hurts to start the second half and led the Crimson Tide to two touchdowns and two field goals as they erased deficits of 13-0 at half and 20-7 in the middle of the third quarter.

It's the 11th national title for the Crimson Tide. Georgia was seeking its second title after winning it all in 1980.

The Bulldogs entered the match-up at 13-1, winner of the SEC championship. Georgia's lone loss came to Auburn on November 11, a week before the Tigers would knock off Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The Crimson Tide were 12-1 on the season entering the game, with that lone loss to Auburn on November 25. 

The Dawgs knocked off Oklahoma 54-48 in overtime in the Rose Bowl to clinch a spot in the title game as they played for their first National Championship since 1980. The Tide smashed Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl to earn the right to face the Bulldogs.

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