Alabama defeated Georgia 26-23 in additional time of Monday night time’s School Soccer Playoff championship recreation.
The Crimson Tide had no factors coming into halftime, trailing 13-Zero earlier than Nick Saban determined to place true freshman Tua Tagovailoa in at quarterback over incumbent starter Jalen Hurts. Tagovailoa made the distinction within the recreation, stepping in to throw three touchdowns and lead all of Alabama’s scoring drives.
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This title recreation was one for the ages, so let’s break it down by taking a look at 5 fascinating stats it produced.
Nick Saban 12-Zero vs. assistants
This stat was shared earlier than Monday night time’s recreation, nevertheless it’s nonetheless unbelievable, particularly because it held up. Kirby Good was Saban’s former defensive coordinator earlier than taking on at Georgia. And he realized first-hand simply how arduous it’s to take down Saban.
Coach Workforce File vs. Saban Rating vs. Saban
Derek Dooley Tennessee Zero-Three 122-29
Jim McElwain Colorado State, Florida Zero-Three 114-37
Will Muschamp Florida Zero-2 80-31
Mark Dantonio Michigan State Zero-2 87-7
Jimbo Fisher Florida State Zero-1 24-7
Kirby Good Georgia Zero-1 26-Three
66 % of whole offense got here from freshmen
That is the share of whole offense produced by freshmen in Monday’s recreation. They performed an enormous position for each groups within the title recreation, accounting for over half the yards (489 of 736). Because the second half of the championship got here right down to Jake Fromm and Tagovailoa (each freshmen), the vast majority of the yards clearly got here from them.
Nonetheless, different freshman performed a big position as properly, together with Alabama freshman Najee Harris, who was the crew’s main rusher with 64 yards. Georgia freshman again D’Andre Swift performed properly additionally. And though we did not rely receiving yards (these are accounted for underneath passing yards), freshman receiver DeVonta Smith made the most important affect of all along with his game-winning 41-yard landing catch.
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Alabama and Georgia recruiting swaps
Talking of Smith, he as soon as dedicated to Georgia whereas in Amite Excessive College (Amite, La). He determined to decommit after the departure of coach Mark Richt. As well as, Alabama solely provided Tagovailoa after they misplaced the dedication of Fromm, who determined to observe Good to play at Georgia as an alternative.
Bama has extra nationwide titles than groups have convention titles
Credit score for this stat goes to /r/CFB Reddit for this stat: “Alabama, Arkansas State, Boise State, and Oklahoma have all received 5 (outright or shared) convention titles for the reason that 2009 season. In the meantime, Alabama has received 5 nationwide titles since 2009.”
This really exhibits simply how dominant Bama has been throughout this dynasty. One other title truth for you: That is the Tide’s fifth nationwide title in 9 seasons, the shortest span to win 5 titles for the reason that trendy period of faculty soccer started in 1936. The earlier mark was set by Alabama legend Bear Bryant, who acquired 5 titles within the span of 16 years from 1964-89 (his second by means of sixth titles, respectively).
Alabama loves being underdog
Since 2011, Alabama is 6-Zero in postseason play when ranked decrease than their opponent. It is solely 2-Three when ranked greater (credit score: r/CFB Reddit).
A full breakdown:
2011 Citrus Bowl: No. 16 Alabama beats No. 9 Michigan State
2012 BCS Nationwide Championship: No. 2 Alabama beats No. 1 LSU
2013 BCS Nationwide Championship: No. 2 Alabama beats No. 1 Notre Dame
2014 Sugar Bowl: No. Three Alabama loses to No. 11 Oklahoma
2015 Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama loses to No. four Ohio State
2015 Cotton Bowl: No. 2 Alabama beats No. Three Michigan State
2016 CFP Championship: No. 2 Alabama beats No. 1 Clemson
2016 Peach Bowl: No. 1 Alabama beats No. four Washington
2017 CFP Championship: No. 1 Alabama loses to No. 2 Clemson
2018 Sugar Bowl: No. four Alabama beats No. 1 Clemson
2018 CFP Championship: No. four Alabama beats No. Three Georgia