Alabama beats Georgia 26-23 in OT for national title

Alabama's Raekwon Davis (99) celebrates his interception during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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

Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night.

Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes, including the game-ender to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.

After Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 37-yard field goal that would have won it for the Tide (13-1) in the final seconds of regulation, Georgia (13-2) took the lead with a 51-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship in overtime.

Tagovailoa took a terrible sack on Alabama's first play, losing 16 yards. On the next play he found Smith, another freshman, streaking down the sideline and hit him in stride for the national championship.

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

The NewsChannel 9 crew was spread from Tennessee to Georgia for Monday night's game.

NewsChannel 9's Dave Staley was live at Mercedez-Bens Stadium at 11pm with all the action:

John Madewell was in Athens, Ga. and witnessed the highs and lows on the Dawg's side of things:

Alex George checked out local hotspots and talked with fans watching the games in Hixson:

Earlier, John Madewell was in Atlanta and spoke with with some excited football fans, including the man who may be Alabama's biggest fan.

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