Alabama beats Georgia in overtime thriller to win another college football national title

Alabama beats Georgia for college football title
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Alabama, down 13-0 at the end of the first half, scored 20 points in the second half of Monday night's College Football Playoff championship game in Atlanta and another 6 points in overtime to beat the Georgia Bulldogs, 26-23, for the national title. This is the Crimson Tide's 17th national championship overall and its fifth since 2009 under head coach Nick Saban, who is now tied with Paul "Bear" Bryant as the winningest head coach in college football.

The game went into overtime when Alabama missed a 37-yard field goal at the end of regulation time. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a true freshman who replaced starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime, threw the winning 41-yard touchdown to another freshman, DeVonta Smith, negating a 51-yard overtime field goal from Georgia's Rodrigo Blankenship.

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President Trump attended the game, and he stood on the field for the National Anthem. He sang along for part of it.

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"We want our flag respected - and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also!" Trump tweeted before the game.

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