With Georgia soccer’s nationwide title win on Monday evening, Kirby Smart turns into simply the second former Nick Saban assistant to beat his former boss, after Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M’s upset of Alabama earlier within the yr. During their post-game embrace, it is clear that Saban has lots of respect for Smart.
“You guys kicked our asses within the fourth quarter. Congrats,” Saban told Smart, brandishing a uncommon post-loss smile.
Smart instantly requested about Alabama star huge receiver Jameson Williams, who went down within the first half with an obvious leg harm. Saban acknowledged the chance that he suffered a torn ACL, which might make him the second Crimson Tide star receiver to go down with that harm in consecutive video games in opposition to Bulldogs this season.
“God bless you, man,” Saban mentioned, earlier than parting with Smart amid a sea of celebrating Dawgs.
Georgia avenged an SEC championship loss to Alabama with a win on the game’s greatest stage. Stetson Bennett IV made one of many throws of his profession on a 40-yard landing to Adonai Mitchell to take a 19–18 lead, and located Brock Bowers for a rating on the following drive, after neither workforce gave up a landing within the first half.
On Alabama’s ensuing possession, Kelee Ringo picked off Heisman winner Bryce Younger, returning it 79 yards for a sport sealing rating.
Georgia takes dwelling its first nationwide championship in 41 years with the win, the primary for the Dawgs over Alabama since 2007.
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