Saban ties Bear with most national championships of all-time

Saban ties Bear with most national championships of all-time
Alabama head coach Nick Saban holds up the championship trophy after overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Nick Saban was still hanging around the Mercedes Benz stadium after the latest national championship win for the Tide but the fun part is he'll be hanging around the history books for a long time to come.

Saban ties Bear Bryant for the most National Championships all-time with six and thanks in large part to the freshmen in the 2018 National Title game.

"We came into the game thinking we would be able to make a lot of quarterback runs and we did make a couple of explosive plays on. Just without the absence of a passing game and being able to make explosive plays and being able to convert on third down I just didn't feel like we could run the ball well enough and I thought Tua would give us a better chance and a spark which he certainly did." Saban said after the game.

A cavalry of former 5-star recruits and true freshmen aided in the Tide's come from behind W. Devonta Smith, Najee Harris, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs were keys pieces in the offensive chess match that won Bama the National title.

"It's been like that all season, Coach is always saying be ready so my number was called and I stepped up to the occasion." Najee Harris, Alabama running back, said.

"It's great you know we're all a family and we stuck together coming in as a group and we all say when our time comes we just have to make the most of it. It's a great feeling. I'm blessed to be on this team and to send the seniors out like we did I'm just grateful for them they've helped me out a lot." Henry Ruggs, Alabama wide receiver, said.

"I'm so proud of them cause we knew the guys had the timing but for them to go out there and have the poise and go do it in a game that big, that's special. They're going to be very special." Christian Miller, Alabama linebacker, said.

Tua Tagovailoa was the quarterback coming out of halftime and the Tide never looked back. His 3 touchdown performance lifted him to offensive MVP, and the players weren't surprised.

"He's a great quarterback and we have that mutual respect in the quarterback room and he came in and when his name was called he answered." Jalen Hurts, Alabama quarterback, said.

"I don't know how to explain it, man, he played his butt off today. He's the player of the game. Hands down. He went crazy." Calvin Ridley, Alabama wide receiver, said of Tua.

"I mean Tua did this all the time once you talk to Tua and tell him to calm down just like in practice. Tua he knew what he was facing and what situations he was in." Bo Scarbrough, Alabama running back, added.

Hurts later said, "I'm proud of everybody on this team. It's a great team win. We're National Champs. We're on top. We're on top."

What a game. What a finish. A win for the ages as Saban has now caught the Bear.

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