"It was a team effort, couldn't have happened without the defense getting the ball back", Tagovailoa said. "Making our state proud is the biggest thing". And this year, two teams from the same conference.
"It drained me last night", added Marvin Lyons. "I'm very proud of this team and this university".
Lost championships are tough to swallow, but it would be a mistake to write off Georgia as a one-hit wonder.
"At the end of the day, we just didn't execute, didn't play clean", Fromm said. While players from various teams around the nation spoke on the matter, many from Georgia and Alabama gave insight about how they pursue a relationship with Christ before the big game played out.
Though Calvin Ridley played for Alabama and Riley Ridley played for Georgia, the brothers were happy for one another's efforts and celebrated the end of the game together. Georgia's last national title in a major sporting event came in 1995 - more than 22 years ago - when the Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.
The three playoff games were easily the most watched of the bowl season, with the championship drawing 28.4 million viewers, the Oklahoma-Georgia semifinal drawing 26.9 million, and the Alabama-Clemson semifinal drawing 21.5 million.
Sure, Bama scored zero first half points, but Hurts has done nothing but win for the Tide in his two seasons, taking them to the title game in both his freshman and sophomore campaign. The Knights went 13-0 to cap the only ideal season in the Football Bowl Subdivision.