Alabama football gets crucial fumble recovery after controversial play in 4th quarter of CFP National Championship game

Nick Gray
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football got the break it needed in the play of the game in the CFP National Championship game on Monday.

On a third down deep in Georgia territory in the fourth quarter, with Georgia up 13-9, Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett tried to scramble to his right away from Alabama linebacker Christian Harris. Bennett let go of the ball as Harris tried to tackle him to the ground. Alabama defensive back Drew Sanders did recover the ball with a foot inbounds along the sideline, just before falling out of bounds.

The ACC crew officiating the game ruled the play as a fumble and an Alabama recovery.

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After a lengthy review, the initial ruling stood.

Take a look at the replay.

After several angles, it appeared that Bennett's hand was not in control of the ball as he brought it forward in a throwing motion. At minimum, the play was inconclusive enough not to overturn as an incomplete pass, despite the irritated reaction from Georgia coach Kirby Smart.

Alabama scored to take the lead with a 3-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Young to Cameron Latu on the ensuing drive.