Millions of viewers were left mystified when Alabama and Georgia took the field for the start of the second half of the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. With the Crimson Tide offense failing to establish a rhythm agains the Bulldogs' bruising defense, Nick Saban made the call to bench starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in favor of left-handed backup Tua Tagovailoa. Though the Alabama head coach didn't know it at the time, his move would go down as one of the most significant in college football history. Let's take it back to Tagovailoa's game-winning 41-yard touchdown heave to wide receiver DeVonta Smith in overtime to give the Crimson Tide the victory over their SEC rival.
Thus, the legend of Tua was born.
We still get the chills watching that play. Tagovailoa finished 14-of-24 for 166 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Without him, there's no way Alabama wins that game.
Before the Hawaii native tossed the game-winning score, he also tied things up with a touchdown throw to Calvin Ridley with less than four minutes remaining in regulation, proving once again that he was built for primetime.
Tagovailoa's impossibly clutch showing rightfully saw him nab the QB1 role, which paved the way for Hurts' transfer to Oklahoma.
By every stretch of the imagination, this -- because of its sheer unpredictability -- was one of the greatest performances in championship game history in any sport.