In a script that even Hollywood wouldn’t entertain, Jalen Hurts left the bench to replace an injured Tua Tagovailoa and willed his Alabama team to a victory that will go down as one of the greatest comebacks in Alabama Football history.
Alabama football going into the second half of the SEC Championship was 0-4 when trailing at half of the SEC Championship. They would go down by 14 points in the third quarter. The 1997 Tennessee Volunteers were down by 13 and completed the comeback. That is just a history lesson, so lets put it into perspective for this team.
Alabama had beaten every opponent this season by at least 22 points. For the entire season, Alabama only trailed for 70 seconds total. Both of these stats are staggering. On Saturday, both of these stats became irrelevant. Alabama Football did not see the lead until Jalen Hurts ran for 16 yards on 1st and Goal to put the Tide ahead with only a minute to go in the game.
Although this game may have cost some fans their hair and created stress to knock a few years off of their lives, this is exactly what the Alabama Crimson Tide needed going forward.
The Tide needed a wake-up call, they needed to be reminded they are capable of being beaten. They needed to see that when you do not execute that a good football team will make you pay for it.
By all standards, Alabama did not play a good football game. Two interceptions by Tua. Countless drops by players that you don’t see drop passes. Three fumbles that were luckily recovered by the Tide. The inability to stop Georgia’s offense for the entire first half. The Crimson Tide did everything required to give Georgia a chance to win the game.
Not taking anything away from Georgia, they are by far one of the best four teams in the country.
But the Tide needed this type of game to build upon. Yes, they struggled against Mississippi State, the Citadel and Auburn for a half. But no team pushed Alabama to the brink in the second half much less the fourth quarter.
For Alabama football going forward, this game highlighted three main focuses that it will need to improve upon to capture its 18th National Championship, which are Tua decision-making, pass protection, and defensive efficiency.