Somewhere in that massive pile of ashes, where the Georgia Dome once stood, the Bulldogs fell 5 yards short of beating eventual national champion Alabama in the 2012 SEC title game.
Tagovailoa did just that, in a legendary performance in what will go down as a legendary college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Monday.
Youth was served for Alabama, and it served the Crimson Tide well.
Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley was overshadowed much of this game by his younger brother, Georgia sophomore Ryan Ridley. Alabama then scored field goals on two of its next three drives before Tagovailoa delivered an equally impressive game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. It committed costly penalties and allowed chunk plays (26, 23, 16, 16 yards, and 14 yards) on third down. Hurts, who came so close to leading Alabama to the national title as a true freshman last season, was 3-for-8 for 21 yards as a passer. Head coach Nick Saban made the decision to put in Tagovailoa and the Crimson Tide offense immediately stalled and were forced to punt.
Was Alabama's insertion of Tua Tagovailoa into the starting lineup in the second half of the Tide's National Championship Game win a move for the present and also the future?
The talented lefty passer lived up to every bit of his recruiting hype, in the most high-profile, high-pressure situation imaginable, a relief appearance with the national championship on the line and zero points on the scoreboard.
Tagovailoa's first series went nowhere.
The first and possibly biggest of these calls came during Alabama's first drive of the second half.
The hero of the comeback was backup quarterback and true freshman Tua Tagovailoa, who took over for Jalen Hurts at halftime and provided a spark to the Crimson Tide offense. When Tagovailoa was intercepted on the second play of Alabama's ensuing possession, on a clear miscommunication, hopes for some second-half magic appeared to be slipping away. The Tide marched 48 yards on 10 plays, but Pappanastos' 36-yard try hooked left as time expired in regulation.
"Yes, we are very confident in one another", said tailback Sony Michel.
Georgia got into the end zone, but not with Fromm behind center.
No. 4 Alabama (13-1) was playing in its third straight national championship game.
After a 51-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship gave Georgia the lead, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa was sacked by Davin Bellamy and Jonathan Ledbetter for a loss of 16 yards.
After a first-series interception, Fromm was mostly on target and led Georgia to a 13-0 halftime lead. In an otherwise quiet locker room, helmets were smashed.
Alabama's latest group of hotshot recruits delivered on college football's biggest stage. The Crimson Tide went 14-1 past year, losing to Clemson with one second left after Hurts' go-ahead touchdown run.
Michel's wonderful 26-yard run on a third-and-20, where he tightroped down the sideline, kept alive Georgia's first scoring drive that ended with Blankenship's 41-yard field goal.
In a potentially precarious quarterback situation, what did Hurts tell Tagovailoa when the quarterback switch was made?