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Saban: 'We didn't execute well' on final QB run in OT

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Monday's Rose Bowl lived up to the hype and then some, with the two all-time winningest programs in college football facing off for a berth in the title game.

The contest would go to overtime before Michigan secured the 27-20 win.

Faced with fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line and needing a touchdown, Alabama opted for an interior quarterback run by Jalen Milroe to try and get in the end zone. It would fail - largely due to a poor snap - and the Wolverines would storm the field as Rose Bowl winners.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said postgame that offensive coordinator Tommy Rees liked Milroe in that situation based on his ability as a runner.

"Tommy just felt like the best thing we could do was have a quarterback run, which was one of our two-point plays for this game, and the ball was on the 3-yard line," Saban said, according to Bama Football.

"We didn't execute very well, and it didn't work," Saban added. "They pressured, and we thought they would pressure, but we thought we could gap them and make it work."

The play was a culmination of a cat-and-mouse situation in which each team called a timeout.

"The fact that it didn't work made it a really bad call. But we called timeout because we had a bad look," Saban said. "We had a good look on the first one. They must have known it."

Michigan sacked Milroe a whopping five times in the first half. The Crimson Tide switched up the play-calling in the second half and rode a run-heavy attack to great success until the final run.

The loss ensures there will be no SEC participant in the title game for the first time since 2015. Michigan will compete for its first national title since 1997.

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