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ONE FOR AMITE -- Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) scores the game-winning touchdown in overtime during the College Football Playoff National Championship game between Georgia and Alabama on Monday in Atlanta.
On Monday night's big stage in Atlanta, Smith caught the game-winning touchdown in overtime to win a national championship for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide overcame a 20-7 lead and tied the game with the play of true freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa hit an open Calvin Ridley on a fourth-down play in the red zone to tie the game at 20.
The Tide got the ball in the final minutes and attempted a field goal for the win, but keeping with the Alabama tradition, an important field goal sailed wide for Bama to force overtime.
Bama's defense held strong in the Georgia possession and forced a field goal, but with the question marks in Alabama's kicking game, the Bulldogs were in the driver's seat. Things went from bad to worse when Tagovailoa was sacked for a loss to take Alabama out of field goal range.
Alabama still went with an aggressive play call on the next play and when Smith saw Georgia playing a cover-2 defense, he knew it was his moment to shine.
"When I got the play, I told Tua 'Trust me, boy,'" said Smith after the game. "He nodded his head at me."
Smith ran the go route down the numbers, and Tagovailoa looked off the safety to allow Smith to beat the coverage. The reception was Smith's only catch of the game, but the 41-yard play clinched the title for the Tide. Smith had one thing on his mind as he sprinted down the field.
"Catch it and get in the endzone," said Smith. "I wasn't worried about dropping it."
Even as a true freshman, Smith was no stranger to game-winning touchdowns in SEC games on the road. When Alabama was locked in a tough game at Starkville, Smith grabbed a 26-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Hurts in the final minute to defeat the Bulldogs in a gritty win.
While Smith was a blue-chip prospect at Amite, he played his senior season with a verbal commitment to Georgia. He decommitted from the Bulldogs in January 2016 and announced his selection to Alabama on National Signing Day.
Smith said he decommitted from the Bulldogs because of the firing of Mark Richt during his senior season. Georgia's new coach Kirby Smart did not keep up with the receiver, so he opened his recruiting back up.
"I committed because Coach (Mark) Richt was there," Smith said in the locker room after the game, according to the New York Post. "When he left, I didn't know what they were going to do, who would be the wide receivers coach. So I decommitted."
The freshman said he believed he made the right choice because he felt like he was a part of a family in Tuscaloosa. After Monday night's game, he's part of a legend in T-Town.