Titans' Marcus Mariota proud of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa

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The Alabama Crimson Tide's thrilling 26 to 23 overtime victory on Monday over the Georgia Bulldogs in the college football playoff's national championship game averaged 28.4 million viewers across its MegaCast production on ESPN, ESPN 2 and ESPNU, the network announced on Tuesday.

Georgia's defense was good, too, and Tua Tagovailoa exploited issues the Bulldogs had with pass coverage.

"A Georgia fan would be able to look at the situation and say 'but we made it this far, '" he said.

The University of Alabama typically holds a public celebration on campus after winning a national championship but so far nothing has been scheduled. The left side started cheering I knew it was us and we got the first down or we scored a touchdown.

"This was, I think, one of our best recruiting classes, this freshman class from previous year, especially with offensive talent", Saban said in the postgame press conference. There were so many moments, on third down and fourth down, when he made the game look as easy for Alabama as Deshaun Watson had made it look against Alabama last January.

Saban proved yet again why he's the greatest college football coach to ever patrol the sidelines when he inserted true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to start the second half with Alabama trailing 13-0. Alabama forced overtime when Tagovailoa hit Calvin Ridley for a 7-yard touchdown pass on a 4th-down play with 3:49 remaining, capping its rally from a 13-point halftime deficit. "It was a calculated spark and it paid off".

Reflecting back to the Crimson Tide's open practice last August, senior wide receiver Cam Sims spoke with yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine about four-star Louisiana native, Devonta Smith.

When Alabama and Georgia reached the College Football Playoff championship game, I wondered how many people would tune in across the country.

Smart, who spent 11 seasons with Saban - eight as defensive coordinator in Tuscaloosa - quickly built 'Bama East.

"That was the fifth time we've gotten to be on the field with Jeremy after winning a national championship game", Dale Pruitt said.

"She and her little brother were making snow angels in the confetti on the field, and they saw them talking to Jeremy". Guys that are going to come in here are going to feel the standard.

Pruitt said the last month has been stressful for Jeremy, who became Tennessee's head coach December 7. How many times do you hear a coach utter some kind of regret after a game because he did not pull an established player when a change was needed? "When we grew up, they were the thing".

"They got some good commitments, and he's pretty much got his coaching staff hired". "I've got a feeling now of how (Chicago) Cubs fans and Boston Red Sox fans felt waiting for stuff to come back for a while".