WATCH: Nick Saban Gets Choked Up Discussing Jalen Hurts After Alabama's SEC Championship Game Comeback Win

Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Jalen Hurts experienced true poetic justice during the SEC Championship Game on Saturday.

In January, the former two-year starter was benched during the second half of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Then-backup Tua Tagovailoa replaced Hurts and threw three touchdowns, including a game-winner in overtime to lead the Tide back from a 13-0 deficit to defeat Georgia, 26-23, at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Eleven months later, against the same opponent, in the same stadium, facing a similar situation, the tables were turned.

Hurts replaced an injured Tagovailoa during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game to rally back from a 28-21 deficit and defeat the Bulldogs, 35-28, to win the SEC Championship.

The junior threw for 82 yards and the game-tying touchdown on 7 of 9 passing, while also recording 28 yards and the go-ahead score on five rushing attempts.

After the game, Alabama coach Nick Saban discussed his quarterback's performance with CBS' Jamie Erdahl during his postgame interview and seemed to be choked up, showing a rare side of emotion.

"We've always had a lot of faith in Jalen," Saban said. "I told him when we put him when we put him in, when Tua got hurt, it's your time and he took advantage of it and he did a fantastic job."

"I'm so proud of this guy," Saban said as Hurts joined him for the interview. "For what he's done this year, I can't even tell you."

Hurts started every game for the Crimson Tide after taking over during Week 1 of his true freshman season in 2016 prior to the 2018 season. However, many believed Tagovailoa, a former 5-star prospect, was the better option after excelling during limited opportunities during his first season in Tuscaloosa, amid the starter's struggles throughout the 2017 campaign, prior to the CFB Playoff title game.

Saban kept an open competition through training camp before naming Tagovailoa the starting quarterback prior to Alabama's season opener in September. The sophomore experienced what appeared to be an ankle injury during the fourth quarter and was substituted for Hurts.

Tagovailoa led Alabama to a 12-0 record during the regular season and is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next weekend. He finished Saturday's game with 164 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions on 10 of 25 passing.

Hurts appeared in 10 of Alabama's 12 regular season games as a backup and threw for 673 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions on 43 of 58 passing, while also recording 139 yards and one touchdown on 29 rushing attempts.

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