Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was very clear with his message after the Crimson Tide’s stunning 44-16 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national championship game tonight in Santa Clara, Calif.
“Just five words. Good is not good enough,” Tagovailoa told reporters in the postgame press conference.
The 2017 Saint Louis graduate, who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting this year, finished 22-for-34 for 295 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions.
Tagovailoa threw a pick-6 on Alabama’s first drive of the game to fall behind 7-0, but answered with a 62-yard touchdown pass to Jerry Jeudy to tie the score at 7-all on the next drive.
The 2016 Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State offensive player of the year added a 1-yard TD pass and had the Crimson Tide up 16-14 early in the second quarter before Alabama gave up 30 unanswered points.
Tagovailoa’s second interception of the game came in the second quarter with Clemson ahead 21-16. He was stopped on a fourth-down run in Clemson territory twice in the second half was pulled for backup Jalen Hurts in the fourth quarter with Alabama trailing 44-16.
“We didn’t finish he way we wanted to finish we didn’t do the things we needed to do to execute and be successful in this game. Thats all it is,” Tagovailoa said.
He later added: “We’ve got to execute play at a fast level, high level intensity (and) focus (on) what you’ve got to do play by play. We’ve got to go out there and do what we do.”
Alabama was 2-for-4 scoring in the red zone and just 4-for-13 converting third downs.
The Crimson Tide (14-1) had their 16-game winning streak snapped dating back to last season. It was the first loss for Tagovailoa as a starter in 15 games.