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Alabama wins 37-21, but "what could've been" steals the show

In a game that defied logic and explanation, Alabama survived a late rally by Texas led by its backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert and star receiver Jordan Shipley, and rebounded to win 37-21.

While Alabama deserves all the credit in the world, you can’t help but wonder what would’ve happened if Colt McCoy lasted more than five plays. Texas came out early and dominated thanks to some uncharacteristically sloppy play and a questionable fake punt call, but McCoy went down with a shoulder injury and the Longhorns could never capitalize.

After the game, McCoy was speechless when asked by ESPN’s Lisa Salters what he would’ve given to be out there with his teammates. Fighting his emotions, McCoy explained that he wasn’t in any pain, but simply couldn’t feel his arm, before congratulating Alabama on a game well played.

Alabama was a deserving National Champion, but you can’t help but wonder what could’ve been if McCoy and Texas played a complete game.

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86 Responses to “Alabama wins 37-21, but "what could've been" steals the show”
  1. edgy says: Jan 8, 2010 12:25 AM

    Or Texas took a knee instead of trying an ill-advised pass to make it 24-6 at halftime.

  2. SixburghSteelers says: Jan 8, 2010 12:35 AM

    Congrats Tide..but damn, what could have been.
    Texas showed some fight but Bama was too much in the end.
    Good game!

  3. EdR says: Jan 8, 2010 12:49 AM

    Vote Texas as the number 1 team in the AP.

  4. HEARTofTEXAS says: Jan 8, 2010 12:53 AM

    What could have been is easy to see…
    I am a diehard Texas fan and I really hate that Colt could not play.
    Alabama is a great team and I have respect for the players.
    However, Texas had this game from the start. Now I know that the Alabama fans are going to disagree (and that is okay), but if they honestly asked themselves:
    If Alabama played like they did, Colt was never injured, and Texas didn’t have a Freshman QB (who I am very proud of)….who would have won?
    Come on, seriously…. How many sacs? How many turnovers? How many calls went uncalled?
    Ok, yes… Texas had a few interceptions (let me remind you that a Freshman QB was playing against the #1 ranked team in the BCS)…
    Texas had 1 sac, which just so happened after the announcers were bragging on Texas for not allowing the “rookie” QB to be sacked. (No I am not blaming the announcers, just thought it was ironic.)
    In the end Texas had this game in the bag.
    In the end Alabama had an awesome season, they won a big game, and Mark Ingram was able to get back in the game (Mark Ingram has my full respect, very classy and a player with true heart.)
    I congratulate the Tide on the win.
    I am proud of the way that Texas played and am proud of Gilbert for giving it his all. I think that he did exceptional well, givin the circumstances.

  5. BamaNo13 says: Jan 8, 2010 1:08 AM

    It just may have been a closer game or maybe a better game but Gilbert did great! I really think we still would have won though. Our philosophy is pain. We keep on and on and on coming at a team until they give. It just worked this year. I am so proud of our players. They really deserve this win! Hats off to Texas and Colt McCoy…he was very classy in his response to what happened. RTR!

  6. BamaNo13 says: Jan 8, 2010 1:10 AM

    It just may have been a closer game or maybe a better game but Gilbert did great! I really think we still would have won though. Our philosophy is pain. We keep on and on and on coming at a team until they give. It just worked this year. I am so proud of our players. They really deserve this win! Hats off to Texas and Colt McCoy…he was very classy in his response to what happened. RTR!

  7. Allied Biscuit says: Jan 8, 2010 1:10 AM

    sorry Bama, but this is not legit. but good for you anyways. national champs. not bad at all. it’s not your fault he got hurt, so celebrate.

  8. DCroz says: Jan 8, 2010 1:17 AM

    First of all: ROLL TIDE! The partying will be going on all night in the ice and snow that covers the state from today. Last time snow fell on Alabama? A month ago on December 5…same day as the win over Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
    For Colt McCoy: You can’t feel anything for this kid but deep sympathy. It has to be one of the cruelest turns in his life that the day he has dreamed about for years ends for him only five plays into the game. Even more inexplicable was that the hit really did not appear to be out of the ordinary; Colt himself said he’s taken that same hit countless times. No one will ever know how the game would have turned out had he not gotten hurt, but he will have a great career in the NFL in his future.
    As for Garrett Gilbert: Even as a ‘Bama fan, I felt good for the kid when he finally started into a rhythm in the second half. He had to play in the worst possible situation imaginable, and yet he came really close to one of the greatest and most improbable comebacks ever. It really seems a shame that his receivers did not play well for most of the game, and that his coaches made some of the most bone-headed calls ever. (And let’s also mention how the lack of a running game made things even worse; there’s a lesson to be learned there about putting all of one’s eggs into one basket…) Still, he got his baptism by fire out of the way early, and he should have a great run as the Texas QB.
    Oh, and Nick Saban: All of ‘BamaNation loves ya…but lighten up when the game is over, man! Saban was smiling and throwing chest-bumps after beating Florida; you’d have never guessed he was the winning coach by the scowl still present on his face as the clock hit zero. And he has to be the first coach I have ever seen who actually looked pissed off after the Gatorade bath. Then again, maybe he was upset knowing that he wouldn’t be able to yell at his team next week about all the mistakes he saw on the game film.
    So, only question left now is…when does construction on the Saban statue begin that will join the ones of Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant, and Gene Stallings as national title-winning coaches at ‘Bama?

  9. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 1:25 AM

    It’s unfortunate that Alabama wasn’t able to compete against Texas with McCoy under center–but that wasn’t Alabama’s doing. It was McCoy’s. His father announced that the x-rays were negative, the injury didn’t appear to be serious, and at most it might be a mild sprain. He indicated that Colt could have returned to the game, but was advised by his handlers not to jeopardize his NFL future. We’ve all seen players compete with much worse injuries–Tebow certainly did this year though he, too, was a senior with his own NFL ambitions. I’m not a Florida fan, but I genuinely believe that in the same circumstances with the same level of injury, Tebow would have told his handlers he had an obligation to finish the game.
    To say that what could’ve been “steals” the show does a disservice to an Alabama team that produced all season and earned its right to play in this game by a decisive victory over a top-ranked opponent–not through some, um, clock debacle. But it also does a disservice to the Longhorns, especially Gilbert, who had the courage to keep fighting with such heart and determination.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if McCoy’s NFL stock went down a bit tonight.

  10. brfer says: Jan 8, 2010 1:37 AM

    It was sad. TX with McCoy is certainly a MUCH better team than Alabama. TX without McCoy, well you see what happened….. if TX with a QB with no experience was able to get within 3 points of Alabama in the last quarter, you do not need a degree in rocket science to know that Mc Coy would have overpowered Alabama. But the WOULD HAVE happens do not count in football, and ALABAMA WON, and they are the deserving champions even if TX with McCOy is a a better team, the key is you have to win all the games!

  11. 8man says: Jan 8, 2010 6:20 AM

    Yeah. It sucked having him go out on the first series.
    It’s like going to a Broadway show and seeing nothing but the understudies.
    Uh…maybe not.

  12. hrudey says: Jan 8, 2010 6:48 AM

    If McCoy played, it might have been a better game. But congratulations to Alabama for a well-deserved and well-earned bowl win and for defending the national championship they earned in Atlanta. ;)

  13. GeneticOne says: Jan 8, 2010 7:11 AM

    I’ve already read some disturbing arguments about this game. I don’t understand how people can look at this game and put an asterisks on it or whatever else you what to call it because of McCoy not playing. Colt McCoy didn’t get hurt in practice this week and wasn’t able to play. Alabama’s physicial play KNOCKED him out of the game. That’s the story!

  14. kupski says: Jan 8, 2010 7:11 AM

    Keith Arnold?
    You had to bring up the WEAK OBVIOUS ARGUMENT
    GAWD I am going to puke. This is an article that one would tend to believe only E.S.P.N. would write. Like a bunch of gossiping little Bi*****!
    Wus article “Keithy”. This story needs to be a “Do over”.

  15. skinny pigeon says: Jan 8, 2010 7:22 AM

    “I guess I’ll have to say it. I will not be the next head coach for the Buffalo Bills.”

  16. BrownsTown says: Jan 8, 2010 7:54 AM


  17. cbfan says: Jan 8, 2010 8:18 AM

    I don’t think there is any doubt that the game would have ended differently with McCoy in the game. Texas pulled to within three late in the game with a Freshman QB. I think this says a lot about Texas and I was actually more impressed with their play than Alabama. On the flip side Ingram is a great kid and it was nice to see him get 100+ yards, but they were fairly one dimensional.

  18. scott_nchills says: Jan 8, 2010 8:47 AM

    It is pretty clear that if Colt McCoy had not been knocked out of this game, Texas would have continued to dominate and won by probably ten or more points.
    What I’m surprised at is that no one is questioning the hit that by Dareus, who speared Colt in the shoulder blade from behind with his helmet.
    At any rate, clearly Texas was the better team coming into this game.
    Just a shame it had to be tainted with his injury. I almost feel bad for Alabama that they weren’t able to get a win without an ‘asterisk’, because they were certainly a solid team. Just not as good as Texas.

  19. redsquare says: Jan 8, 2010 9:22 AM

    I’m not sure that Alabama “deserves all the credit in the world”. What I saw was two inconsistent, streaky, unreliable teams. Alabama had major moments of sloppiness and long stretches of ineffectiveness. I realize this is an inherent part of the college game, but as I watched I kept thinking, “_These_ are the two best teams in college football? Really?”
    More than anything, I think this game indicates that it’s time to let other schools besides the usual suspects into the national championship discussion.
    Based on their ragged performances last night, what makes either of those teams better than Boise State?
    A look at the preseason polls provides the answer: both Texas and Alabama were ranked in the top 5 before they even played one game. It’s simply a stupid system where the games themselves are almost nuisances in the way of preconceived notions.

  20. tampalawyer says: Jan 8, 2010 9:29 AM

    Congrats to the Tide! I guess I’ll make the partisan statement as to wondering why Texas stayed at #2 after losing to Bama. When my Gators lost to Bama they fell to #5. I suppose Bama dominated UF slightly more than it did Texas, but Ingram was out for a quarter or so and Texas could not stop him when he was in. Texas was one second from not even playing in the game last night. I know — sour grapes. I will say this — Colt McCoy was very classy in his post-game interview in giving credit to Bama. It was a shame that he got hurt and I do concede the game could have been much different if he hadn’t been hurt.

  21. mtm1930 says: Jan 8, 2010 9:42 AM

    “I’ve already read some disturbing arguments about this game. I don’t understand how people can look at this game and put an asterisks on it or whatever else you what to call it because of McCoy not playing. Colt McCoy didn’t get hurt in practice this week and wasn’t able to play. Alabama’s physicial play KNOCKED him out of the game. That’s the story!” – GeneticOne
    What a joke this statement is. Physical play? He was barely touched from the back and I would call it more of a freak accident than physical play. I’m not a fan of either of these teams but was honestly far more impressed with the Texas D than I was with the vaunted ‘Bama Defense and whole team for that matter. For Alabama to allow a freshman quaterback to even make this game close says it all. Without a bone head call before the half this final score would be much different… and more likely an embarassment to the Alabama program that Gilbert could come out of nowhere to lay the first loss of the season on them. Bama should have lost to Tennessee (at home), Auburn and had McCoy been in this game they would’ve almost certainly gotten blown out. Greg McElroy is probably the worst National Championship winning quarterback I can remember (6-11 58 Yds 0 TD) and they are lucky to have him graduating. I don’t agree with putting asterisks next to a win, but anyone who watched this game saw a determined Texas team in the beginning of the game and then a freshman quaterback STILL make it a close game at the end. Congrats Saban on #2, but you know deep down that this one probably isn’t deserved.

  22. scott_nchills says: Jan 8, 2010 9:47 AM

    I doubt Boise State could be Nebraska, much less Texas. Texas (yes, qualified *with Colt McCoy*) is the best team in the country. I don’t see how anyone can really argue that the outcome of this game would have been a solid Texas victory if McCoy had played the whole game.

  23. PolegoJim says: Jan 8, 2010 9:55 AM

    What ‘would have been’ is a Texas loss either way. That’s just as easy to say as ‘Texas would’ve had this one is McCoy stayed in’.
    No asterisk, Bama was Best all year and in the final game.
    ‘Texas pulled within 3 late in the game’… and then lost by 16. That’s not close.
    Bama toyed with Texas on cruise control for most of the game.

  24. KUALUM15 says: Jan 8, 2010 9:56 AM

    Texas has there QB of the future. They need to find skill guys that can actually catch the ball besides Shipley. Malcom Williams and crew lost this game.

  25. jls says: Jan 8, 2010 10:08 AM

    Roll Tide! Let’s give some credit to the Alabama defense for getting to McCoy in the first place! It’s called FOOTBALL!
    I guess OU fans could say the same thing….IF Bradford hadn’t been hurt then the Red River Rivalry would have had a different outcome. Come on people, let’s give credit where it is due!
    Texas couldn’t stop Ingram and Alabama’s defense came up with some big plays…..that’s how you win big football games!
    I hate that McCoy got hurt; he’s a great player and how sad for him to end his college career on the sidelines. Texas is a good team and has good program….neither Alabama or Texas would have been in game last night if they were not good teams.
    As I said, let’s give credit where it is due…to the Alabama Crimson Tide! National Champions!
    Roll Tide!!!!

  26. athenscpa says: Jan 8, 2010 10:12 AM

    I am neither an Alabama or Texas fan. My team didn’t make the show. Since both teams couldn’t lose, I’m glad that at least one of them did.
    You Texas fans are in danger of losing your dignity with your shoulda/wouldas. If my grandma had wheels she woulda been a wagon.
    Texas – With Colt playing – had the ball inside the ten, and couldn’t put it in the end zone. The fact is you don’t know what would have happened if Colt hadn’t gotten hurt. You only know what DID happen.

  27. cbfan says: Jan 8, 2010 10:12 AM

    I agree with MTM, the injury was more of a freak accident rather than physical play. Texas was far more physical. The only thing Alabama had was Ingram.

  28. Cornerdenizen says: Jan 8, 2010 10:14 AM

    @ Deb :
    It’s unfortunate that Alabama wasn’t able to compete against Texas with McCoy under center–but that wasn’t Alabama’s doing. It was McCoy’s. His father announced that the x-rays were negative, the injury didn’t appear to be serious, and at most it might be a mild sprain.
    I’m sorry, did you just say that Colt McCoys dad kept him out of the biggest game of his life? No, wait, did you just say that Colt McCoy ALLOWED his dad to keep him out the biggest game of his life?
    Are high or delusional?
    His dad said that because of Mcoy’s NFL future. He knows everyone was watching and the draft is just three months away.
    But the kid couldnt lift his arm. Didn’t you see it dangling from his shoulder as he ran off the field? But you really think the kid wouldnt play in a game of that magnitude because of his dad? His dad is trying to cover for him–which is what you expect a father to do. But the kid was really hurt. You don’t really follow football, do you?

  29. CJ says: Jan 8, 2010 10:35 AM

    I knew this debate would be coming as soon as McCoy left the game, but anyone who unequivocally states that Texas would have one has no leg to stand on.
    First of all, you’re lamenting the shovel pass call just before halftime. Well, you if want to disregard that, then disregard the asinine decision of Saban to go for it on 4th and 20+, and the special teams error that combined resulted in Texas’ 6 points in the first half. That evens out, or at best spots you one point as opposed to 7.
    You’re also forgetting that when Texas had short fields on both scores, so don’t disillusion yourselves into thinking they could do that all day from 80 yards out regardless who was playing QB. In all reality, they were practically in field goal range when they got the ball, so they really didn’t do much at all even when gift-wrapped the opportunity. And somehow you think that that proves they’d have beaten Alabama? Seriously?
    If you’ve watched Bama at all this season, you’d know they always get off to a brutal start, but are the best team in the nation at making in-game adjustments. It’s no coincidence that after the first two Texas scoring drives (when handed excellent field position), Bama adjusted and stopped them.
    Gilbert played an awesome game after he got rid of the butterflies, and the difference isn’t as much as you might think. Besides, one man does not make a football team. McCoy wasn’t the guy stopping Ingram (or Richardson, who were both unstoppable). Also, he only throws the ball. He can’t catch it too. Texas receivers didn’t play well in the first half, and I don’t know how much more McCoy could have done in the first have with their performance after the first two possessions. Additionally, I don’t know how much better he could have played than Gilbert did in the second half either. His numbers were actually pretty good in the 2nd half. I might have messed up the math, but based in the ESPN summaries I totaled 14/32, 190 yards (he threw for negative yardage in the first half), 2 TDs and 2 INTs for Gilbert in the second half. Don’t tell me McCoy would have significantly outperformed that 2nd half performance when he didn’t do that in an entire game against a slightly inferior D in Nebraska (20/36, 184 yards, 0 TDs and 3 INTS).
    Besides, injuries happen. The Heisman winner also missed a portion of this game and was replaced by a true freshman, but everyone seems to forget that minor detail. Granted, 1 quarter isn’t near as bad as an entire game, but still, it happened. And don’t forget the Tide played virtually entire year without one of the best players on their team in Donte Hightower. If their D was ranked #1 in college football this year without him, it would have gone down as one of the all time best with him replacing Cory Reamer.
    It is what it is. Bama won and Texas lost. Look at the facts…you can cry all you want, but you have no case whatsoever.

  30. CJ says: Jan 8, 2010 10:41 AM

    The facts are McCoy got hurt, wanted to get back in the game anyway, and Texas had to bring his Dad out of the stands to go back there and talk him out of it.
    Did you not watch the game?
    Oh and not feeling his arm is different than not be able to move it. Anyone with a brain knows when you injure something it’s best to not move to until a diagnosis is made to avoid risking further injury, genious.
    Sounds to me like Deb has it spot on and this (and the above post, sorry for the wordiness) is all coming from a PSU fan.

  31. scott_nchills says: Jan 8, 2010 10:56 AM

    From what I understand McCoy couldn’t feel his arm after the freak hit (and yes, it was Dareus’ helmet that hit the back of McCoy’s shoulder blade – look closely at the replay). It would have been risky to put him back in in any case.
    I’m a huge Texas fan, very disappointed, and have little doubt UT would have won the game with McCoy.
    That said, Alabama has an excellent program and Saban is a great coach. Congratulations to their team and to all the Alabama fans. Sorry, but this is a painful loss for us Longhorn fan(atics) :-(

  32. Seeryer says: Jan 8, 2010 11:00 AM

    All you people claiming this title is not legit or what would have happened had Colt not gotten hurt are ignorant. I’ll lay out why. Alabama had two running backs rush for over 100 yards. How many teams lose games with two 100 yard rushers? UT had two opportunities inside Bama’s redzone due to ALA making horrible special team mistakes. They could only manage two FGs. UT has to make ALA pay for at least one of the mistakes with a TD but couldn’t do it. How many teams that don’t make their opponents pay for costly mistakes win? ALA returned an INT for a TD, that if a tackle would have been made, 7 points wouldn’t have been on the board right before half. Bama made the plays and UT did not. At 24-6 with a great defense and a freshman QB on the other side, Bama became totally predictable and conservative because Saban calculated by the time the game was over his D would make more plays than a freshman QB could for UT. If McCoy would have returned in the second half the offensive game plan from ALA would not have been so vanilla. The score quite possibly would have been much worse by the time Shipley scored UT’s first TD with just over a minute remaining in the 3rd quarter. Despite the TD, Saban’s calculations remained the same. In the end Texas scored 2 TDs and 2 FGs. His D had 4 picks and a fumble recovery his offense did not turn the ball over, his punter threw a pick that essentially was a shanked punt since the idiot DB for UT caught the ball instead of knocking it down. But if it it makes ya’ll feel better to pretend how different the game would have been once the outcome was in doubt, which lasted like 5 minutes in real time and ended as soon as Upshaw recovered the fumble on the 3 yard line. Saban is the best CEO of any organization in America. Maybe he could give Obama some tips when the Tide visit the White House soon. Hey, since we are all “what could be” and “what if”, maybe W can have Colt and the boys ver to the ranch in Crawford. Clear some brush or something.

  33. edgy says: Jan 8, 2010 11:04 AM

    What do you consider the best bowl of 2009-2010?

  34. jd says: Jan 8, 2010 11:15 AM

    I am just disappointed that we didn’t get to watch a real championship game. The game was only interesting for the first 5 minutes, and 5 minutes when Texas was close. Colt is really the only offensive weapon Texas has. No running game, receivers dropping everything, just sad. Bama couldnt pass for crap either. And what was that crap with Cody lined up at fullback? Give me a break.

  35. Cornerdenizen says: Jan 8, 2010 11:15 AM

    “Best not to move it?” For a spinal injury, yes. Anyone who has played any kind of sport recognizes a “stinger.” The limb goes numb and is rendered ineffective.
    Of course the kid wanted to come back. It was the biggest game of his life. Fact is, he tried to throw in the lockeroom, but couldn’t. MCoy’s best intentions aside, he couldnt have helped his team.
    I took issue with “Deb” because DEb inferring that McCoy could have actually helped his team. Fact is he couldnt. I dont think that’s accurate or fair to either McCoy or his father.
    That’s all. Oh, and its spelled “genius.”

  36. cbfan says: Jan 8, 2010 11:16 AM

    I am neither an Alabama nor Texas fan but I could easily see what an impact McCoy’s absence had on both teams. Alabama stepped it up a bit and Texas was initially a bit shell shocked. Make no mistake, Texas would not have been playing in that game if it did not have McCoy. So while Alabama should enjoy their title, it will be forever tainted in that they did not play the same Texas team that got them to the National Championship.

  37. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 11:20 AM

    Yeah, I follow football. In fact, if you’ll pop over to the “McCoy hurt, Gilbert dinged, Longhorn Armageddon?” you’ll see I follow it closely enough that BEFORE any info about McCoy’s injury was announced, I posted:
    “[H]as anyone announced yet exactly what ails McCoy? … Perhaps he really does have an injury that would take him out of a game–and if so, that’s a shame. But it’s also possible that he’s just a bit dinged up and doesn’t want to jeopardize a big NFL contract.”
    I based that on the fact that the film showed minimal contact and he was walking around with his arm in a normal position. No, dear, his arm was not “dangling from his shoulder.” (Are you a student in the Texas school of melodrama?)
    Less than 20 minutes after that post appeared, his father announced the x-rays were NEGATIVE, the injury was NOT serious, that Colt MIGHT have a MILD sprain and WANTED to come back into the game, but dad and the coaches told him to protect his NFL future.
    What part of that announcement did you misunderstand?
    If it turns out he has a hidden injury that justified pulling him from a championship game, I’ll be the first do a full mea culpa. But right now, it appears that they were treating the kid like a china doll to protect his NFL prospects. As a football fan accustomed to watching Roethlisbergers and Tebows take a beating and keep going, I find that distasteful. And I find the whining about “what could have been” nauseating.
    Apparently your fan base is no better at taking its lumps than your QB. Football is a full-contact sport and these are the breaks. There’s not a fan alive who hasn’t experienced something like this and there are no asterisks involved. Our best defensive player this year was knocked out in the Arkansas game. Alabama didn’t whine. It happens. But by all means, if it makes you feel better … whine on.

  38. jd says: Jan 8, 2010 11:23 AM

    Uh, Bama deserves the win because of their impressive offensive display? What are you smoking Seeryer cause I want some. 205 yards rushing and 58 yards passing total? I wouldnt exactly be bragging about a Heisman winning running back getting over 100 yards.

  39. gator_prof says: Jan 8, 2010 11:26 AM

    UT fans saying that this not legit are definitely smoking dope.
    A few things.
    First, Colt is a pu$$y. Which NFL GM is going to pony up 8-9 figures for a guy who has zero heart and can’t take a hit?
    Second, Bama’s game plan was to grind it out and that was a strong function of having hamstrung UTs O. Bama would had adjusted as needed on O to win.
    They only took 12 pass attempts versus 51 rushes. This was the season low because the game was in hand.
    UT lost, period. You had a great season, much like the Gators, but there is only one National Champ and that is Bama. Don’t whine, you got beaten by a better team.

  40. CJ says: Jan 8, 2010 11:30 AM

    Fair point.
    I’m suprised you’ve never heard of “genious”, since you’re smart enough to try to correct me, though I do admit I did miss a couple words in the first post, that one I didn’t.
    Please refer to #2, “genius” :)

  41. Hovenaut says: Jan 8, 2010 11:40 AM

    Take nothing away from ‘Bama, they are the deserving champs.
    But oh how would have loved to have seen the version where McCoy isn’t KO’d, or an improvement on some of the calls made (or not made) by the officials. That 3rd quarter was terrible – Bama got the benefit on two pass interference no-calls (think on back to back plays) and it seemed like UT was getting called left and right on anything.
    The shuffle screen called at the end of the half should haunt Mack Brown eternally. What a disaster.
    I can’t play armchair doctor and take issue with McCoy. I believe if he could have gone, w/o risk to further aggravating the injury, he would have.

  42. Joey says: Jan 8, 2010 11:44 AM

    Texas would not be undefeated in the “what could’ve been” game because if Bradford had not went down again, OU would have beaten Texas.
    That was a close game and a backup QB almost beat UT.
    They’d still win the Big 12 and play in the Fiesta bowl but not the NC.

  43. BrownsTown says: Jan 8, 2010 12:14 PM

    I hope I can send my kids to UF some day. I like that (alleged) profs are calling collegiate athletes “pu$$ies.” Keep it classy, Gators.
    Though, the more and more I read of “gator_prof,” the more I think it’s not in reference to actually being a UF professor.

  44. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 12:16 PM

    @BrownsTown …
    Joey makes an excellent point. I guess we should put an asterisk alongside the entire Texas season because Bradford was seriously injured and unable play.
    By the way, you’re sooo eloquent.
    @gator_prof …
    You’ve been the best possible sport since the SEC Championship game. Kudos.

  45. Voice of Football says: Jan 8, 2010 12:22 PM

    Great game. Congratulations to Alabama on their 8th National Championship.
    The future looks bright for Texas, too. They fought bravely under difficult circumstances. I bet this won’t be the last National Championship Garrett Gilbert plays in, especially with the WRs Texas has got coming in next season.

  46. redsquare says: Jan 8, 2010 12:29 PM

    I disagree with the idea that Texas would have run over Alabama if McCoy had stayed in the game. One good series at the start with McCoy didn’t really prove anything. When I saw Texas start the game with two terrific opportunities but only come away with two field goals, I thought, “game over–no way Texas will win.”
    Look at McCoy–a bruised arm and the coach and his dad pounce on it and keep him out of the game when he’s able to play. With that type of hyper-cautious leadership, what are the odds he’d finish the game under any circumstances?
    Overall, I thought it was a pretty poor excuse for a title game, all around. Neither team was very convincing.

  47. Kappy says: Jan 8, 2010 12:45 PM

    Texas coach Mack Brown can take all the blame if he wants, but the fact is that if Colt wanted to play, he would have played. He had something to prove, and Texas stood to win a boatload of money for the school if they won last night. Unless his shoulder was broken, he should have been out there.
    No excuses from people saying that he didn’t want to hurt his draft stock & potentially large rookie contract. By sitting on the sideline in full pads, not even a sling, he hurt his draft stock just as much, if not
    more than he would have if he played & reinjured the shoulder. His skills are mediorce, but if he played, he would have shown top 10 draft teams that he is a gamer & will do anything to win. I mean, Jesus, he was playing in the National Championship game. I guarantee you that when Daddy McCoy went into the locker room, they made a collective decision not to play & protect their investment. I hope it kills his draft stock. Look at Jimmy Claussen who played with torn ligaments in his toe all year long; in meaningless games in the 2nd half of the season. Look at McCoy’s buddy Sam Bradford, he tried to play with a SEPARATED shoulder (not a numb shoulder) before he reinjured it. Hell, look at Tim Tebow, who played 2 weeks after suffering a concussion. Colt McCoy is not a gamer & his skill set is horrible. I don’t want him on my team & I feel bad for whatever team drafts him. He’s going to be an expensive lifelong back up QB.

  48. redsquare says: Jan 8, 2010 12:47 PM

    @scott_nchills – why do you doubt that Boise State could have beaten either of these teams? On what objective evidence do you base that?
    The problem is, there isn’t any. It’s all subjective. None of us can say that one team or the other could have beaten the others, because they never get the chance. Some subjective choice at the start of the season about who’s better by default pretty much decides who’s good before anyone actually proves they’re good. Texas was preseason #2 because…they’re good?
    It’s a stupid system, and last night was a less-than-stellar performance by both teams. But NCAA royalty has had its cornonation, so who cares, right?
    Note that I’m not trying to say that one or both of these teams isn’t actually the best college team. But the idea that this silly system somehow proves that is a joke. We so badly want our spectacle, but it’s an empty one.

  49. BrownsTown says: Jan 8, 2010 12:49 PM

    I would think even the biggest ‘Bama homer (you?) would admit there’s a difference between an in-game injury and one that took place two months prior where the opposing QB has taken numerous game and practice reps.
    Thanks for the kind words. By the way, are you a man or just unusually aggressive for a female?

  50. bamabelle says: Jan 8, 2010 12:58 PM

    Please all you coulda,shoulda,maybe,what ifs, Bama/Saban haters, stop raining on our parade. Get over it! College football wins are not always pretty, but when the clock has zero time, its who came out on top. As for Colt, as I’ve said, ONE player does not win football games.
    So please take a time out from your little biatch whining and be a good sport why don’t cha?

  51. scott_nchills says: Jan 8, 2010 12:59 PM

    Every top ten team in college football has an asterisk by it after Bradford’s injury. Only thing is, Texas BEAT them last year (with Bradford), and this year would have been no different.
    Simple fact is Texas is the best team in college football this year, as they were last year.

  52. Cornerdenizen says: Jan 8, 2010 1:05 PM

    @ Deb:
    Okay…as I see many here have pissed you off, So I’ll make one last attempt at civil, intelligent discourse (which is something of an oxymoron within the confines of this particular site) But I’ll try anyway.
    First, I am neither a Texas nor an Alabama fan. I do respect both schools’ rich tradition of football excellence. I am foremost a football fan. I love the game, understand the game and those who play it.
    This is why I initially took exception to what I perceived to be your inference that Colt McCoy was really hurt. My opinion –that his injury was so significant that he could not have helped his team –is based soley on the fact he did not return to the biggest game of his life.
    I read your comments on Roethlisberger and Tebow, etal.–guys playing with pain. I agree, football players play with pain all the time. Its the nature of the game.
    But…there is a difference between pain and injury. Injury does not allow you to play at your best. And if you’re not at your best you run the risk of hurting your team more than helping it. Both Tebow and Roethlisberger had concussions, and both missed time until fully healed.
    Why? Because if you’re not all there, you can’t help your team.
    While many in these parts think its cool to question McCoy’s judgement and/or toughness, I’m inclined to believe that the injury–though it may not have looked severe–was enough to affect McCoy’s throwing motion and velocity. And, as you know, without those things, any quarterback is useless.

  53. AC says: Jan 8, 2010 1:06 PM

    McCoy chose NFL not a NCAA Championship.
    All I have to say is that I have had stingers and I question the level of his injury.
    I believe McCoy needed his dad’s help with his decision, NFL career or helping his team win the national title.
    We saw the decision. Good luck in the (N)ot (F)or (L)ong

  54. BamaJS says: Jan 8, 2010 1:09 PM

    “What could have been” IF
    * Bama’s fake punt would have been caught (run for touchdown)
    * Dante Hightower wouldn’t have been hurt (Texas would have been shut down)
    * Julio Jones would have caught the punt instead of Texas recovering the ball…
    * The Texas squib kick would not have serendipitously caromed off the Bama player on kickoff…
    * Ingram would have not have been tripped up on that sweep by one last Texas player….
    * Tiffin would have hit the field goal and the extra point…
    * Bama would have gone for it on 4th down TWICE instead of kicking field goals…
    * Green would have covered Shipley on that touchdown pass instead of coveraging breaking down…
    I could go on and on…that’s why the only meaningful measuring stick is the score at the end of the game, all factors considered….and the TIDE ROLLED DEFINITIVELY! The score was not 22-21, or what “could have been”. Bama was prepared for McCoy, and had to adjust to what Gilbert brought. McCoy wouldn’t have made a difference. A good Texas team was beat by the better team in the Championship Game, “all things considered.”

  55. Flab Treesports says: Jan 8, 2010 1:22 PM

    Give it a rest, UT fans. Ifs and buts and if my aunt had nuts, she’d be my uncle.

  56. Flab Treesports says: Jan 8, 2010 1:33 PM

    “Simple fact is Texas is the best team in college football this year, as they were last year.”
    Congratulations to UT for back-to-back #1 rankings in the scott_nchills poll. I’m sure Mack Brown is rolling in bonus money for that one.

  57. Debo G says: Jan 8, 2010 1:38 PM

    First off, I think McCoy is a stud. Some dumbnut has stated some incomplete ‘truths’ about this injury. It was not painful, ‘true'; it was not an injury showing up on the x-rays, true; but the simple fact is that he had no feeling in his arm. Exactly, how do you throw with that kind of arm, idiot?
    Back to sanity, McCoy was devastated and yet stood up like a man. The team for the most part held together even if it didn’t get heroic play from some of the receivers; the defense was tough under terrible circumstances (numerous 3 and outs by the offense). But as a big Texas fan, when the he– will Greg Davis decide that it’s suicide not to have a balanced attack? Short passes don’t substitute for the run, when you don’t have a passer or an experienced quarterback. Afterall, Alabama survived with a two-bit quarterback. For Texas not to have a running game because their Offensive Coordinator doesn’t believe in the value of running, you’re destined to be behind the eight ball in major games. Wake up Mack, get an OC who knows the value of a balanced attack!

  58. cbfan says: Jan 8, 2010 1:42 PM

    Flab, you made me smile on that one.

  59. Wrathchild says: Jan 8, 2010 2:11 PM

    We’ll never know what would’ve happened, but it did kind of show that Texas has no running game and no depth at QB. On a team of that caliber, to have a true freshman backing up a senior at that position is a little odd to me.
    It’s just not what championship teams are made of.

  60. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 2:23 PM

    @BrownsTown …
    The point is that Bradford couldn’t play. Had he played, OU surely would have won. *
    Actually, I’m a soft-spoken woman with a lot of spark. I also have a brain … which I think is what’s bothering you ;-)

  61. frank booth says: Jan 8, 2010 2:34 PM

    You guys seem to know a lot about McCoy’s injury, whether or not he is a gamer, etc. Why don’t you enlighten us on the nature of his injury, whether or not he could still play, etc. If you have any reports or scans, those would be helpful as well.

  62. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 2:34 PM

    @Cornerdenizen …
    Since your opening salvo to me was “are you high or delusional” followed by a condescending “you don’t really follow football, do you?” it’s interesting that you’re declaring you’ll now make “one last attempt at civil, intelligent discourse.”
    I’m not the least offended. I’m amused–especially by the continued condescension of “I love the game, understand the game and those who play it.” So do I. And after nearly 30 surgeries, including a shoulder surgery, I also understand a lot about rehab, pain, and what it takes to perform under the most difficult circumstances imaginable.
    While my initial comments last night were based on the inference that Colt was not seriously hurt, those comments were confirmed by Brent Musberger after CBS spoke with McCoy’s father. Again, the elder McCoy SAID his son was not seriously injured and might have suffered a sprain. He said Colt wanted to return to the game, but that he (the father), coaches, and others told him to prioritize his NFL future.
    I have no idea why someone who claims to understand the game and its players so well finds this so difficult to grasp. Had McCoy suffered a head injury, would have concurred with the decision to pull him. He didn’t. Both Roethlisberger and Tebow have played with injuries similar to McCoy’s. I was not referring to their head injuries.
    Thank you for the lessons on throwing and velocity. I’m well aware of the tools of the QB position. I’m also aware of an old saying about “hearing the footsteps.” They are much louder in the NFL, and not everyone is mentally equipped to deal with them. I wish Colt well.

  63. cbfan says: Jan 8, 2010 2:58 PM

    Give the kid (McCoy) a break, if he could have played, he would have. He’s a competitor. None of us “Arm Chair” QB’s as any knowledge about what he was or was not capable of doing, but I am sure if Brent Musberger said so…..

  64. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 3:11 PM

    @frank booth
    Are we gonna have trouble in the trailer tonight, dear? Where is my bowling ball?
    Honey, I may wind up eating a bucket of crow if that kid comes back in a day or two with reports of an injury that really should have kept him out of the game. And I’ll gladly do it. I have no problems with mea culpas when I screw up. But his dad told CBS last night that the injury wasn’t serious and they’d told him to sit out to protect his draft prospects. I just rewound my DVR (I am sooo getting no work done today LOL) and not only was his arm not “dangling at his side” but he was lifting it to scratch his face as he walked through the tunnel. It appeared to be a perfectly normal gesture, he was talking and nonchalant about it. That doesn’t necessarily mean he could pass with the requisite, um, velocity. But the idea that the arm was immobile was highly exaggerated.

  65. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 3:32 PM

    @Debo G …
    Sorry, but the only idiot dumbnut is the starstruck groupie who ignored the CBS announcement last night. Those “incomplete truths” came straight from Colt McCoy’s father who said they chose to keep him out of the game to protect his NFL prospects. If you have a problem with the statement, take it up with Stud Daddy.
    Have you ever actually been to sanity?
    @Voice of Football …
    Aww, I’m sorry!! You must be so disappointed no one noticed your lil joke until now.
    That was championship number 13 for Alabama–as I’m sure you know.
    Lucky 13. ROLL TIDE ROLL !!!!!!!!

  66. NightTrainNeckTie says: Jan 8, 2010 3:42 PM

    This won’t change anyone’s opinion, because if they are the type of person who truely believes you can definitively state “if what happened hadn’t happened then this is what would happen” then they cannot be reasoned with.
    However, allow me to state a few facts here:
    First, when you run the Spread Option or Option Read offense, you expose your QB to hits. Colt McCoy was injured while executing a designed run. He did not roll his ankle while scrambling, he did not fall victim to a Tom Brady situation where his knee got torn stepping into a throw. It was not a late hit or a cheap shot. There was nothing fluke about the play. Colt McCoy is not the victim of a cruel twist of fate but rather a casualty of a contact sport, where injuries are a fact of life.
    Second, Alabama had to play what amounted to half of the game without their Heisman trophy winner. He was replaced by a true freshmen as well, who by the way had over 100 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.
    Third, The Texas coaching staff out coached the Alabama staff from the get go. (Hindsight is 20/20 but a screen pass in the face of and upfield pass rush while the defensive backs are way downfield is not a risky call. That wasn’t Joe Gibbs calling red Rocket Right in the shadow of his own goaline just before half time of Super Bowl XVIII.) The Alabama players had to overcome not only a very talented Texas squad who was extremely well prepared, but they also had to overcome the complete choke job by their own coaching staff.
    Finally, since when does knocking out your opponent’s QB, having 2 backs rush for over 100 yards and 2 TDs each, forcing 5 turnovers and having a pick 6, deserve an asterisk or mean you’re not the better team?
    In the words of Rasheed Wallace “Both teams played hard my man.” but best team in the country won the game.

  67. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 3:48 PM

    @cbfan …
    I bleed Steeler black and gold. When Big Ben was pulled with a concussion and we lost an away game by a field goal in OT to our archrivals, the Ravens, playing a third string QB who’d never taken an NFL snap, I immediately congratulated the Ravens fans. No excuses. No woulda, coulda, shoulda. No asterisks.
    That’s called sportsmanship.
    I never posted one word about McCoy last night or today until the whining and asterisks started. I would give the kid a break if he were here. He’s not. And the Longhorn team that fought its way through that game last night deserves much better than the pitiful sorry excuses for sports that have been posting their whines here today.

  68. Dave The CynicL1 says: Jan 8, 2010 3:52 PM

    Woulda Shoulda Coulda…whatever. Players get hurt in games all the time, and go on from there. Was it a shame McCoy got injured, sure. Was it on a “bad play” no. It was a clean hit all the complainers not withstanding, both teams played with intensity, one was shown to depend too much on one player. Did Texas have momentum up until McCoy went down, yup, but Alabam refused to roll over and play dead & when McCoy went out they took advantage of it. That is what good teams always do, exploit the other teams weaknesses. Great teams rise above losing one player, and by that measure Texas failed.
    As for the SEC/Big 12/Pac 10./Big Ten posturing as to which conference is best, it goes in cycles. All have deep pockets, long traditions and will be up and down as time goes on. Right now the SEC is ascendent, for how long? Who knows, but no one can argue they have not been the best over the past ten years as a whole.
    And as a Big Ten homer that bugs the crap out of me!
    Bottom line? ‘Bama won and is the BCS National Champs.. Texas earned the right to play in the game, but only one can win and Alabama was that one. Damn that hurt to say….

  69. stnmmc says: Jan 8, 2010 4:01 PM

    These guys had no idea what they were getting into when they came at you Deb.
    Trust me boys, if you pop over to PFT you will see that Deb follows and knows the game very well, and can almost always defend her case with class and knowledge.
    This here is not her first rodeo.
    I hope they keep coming for you Deb, because I’m sitting here laughing my ass off.

  70. jls says: Jan 8, 2010 4:23 PM

    I don’t know why the Texas fans are whining and crying…they were not favored to win this game and all I kept hearing from the Texas fans I work with (I live in TX but am a ‘Bama fan) and my in-laws was “I’m glad we’re the underdogs, we like it that way. Nobody thought we could beat USC and look what happened” Well I didn’t think Alabama would beat them, I KNEW it! I knew they could beat Texas with or without McCoy and they did. McCoy not playing wasn’t the reason the Longhorns lost….Alabama won the game because they are the better team….they were ranked #1 and Texas was ranked #2. The better team won.

  71. frank booth says: Jan 8, 2010 4:34 PM

    You have no idea what I’ve been doing to that bowling ball.
    I pretty much scanned the thread. If the case is that McCoy could have played, that’s really sad. It’s something that he’ll regret in years to come.
    But if it was injured, couldn’t Tebow have floated down, trumpets abounding, and laid hands upon him (not in the manner of a Catholic priest) and instantly cured him.

  72. bamabelle says: Jan 8, 2010 4:44 PM

    Flab, hilarious but so true what you said. In fact I thought you were my son n law because it sounded SO like him. :)
    But GAWD it’s so true. whine, whine and more whine TX. Stop acting like a bunch a little bitches! just for a minute!! Tx fans, hey, come on, it’s over for this year. Let us celebrate please without your lame and whiney remarks.
    And all you over thinkers, stuff a sock in it already. We ARE the National Champions!!!! ROLL TIDE!!

  73. cbfan says: Jan 8, 2010 5:01 PM

    Bama fans, you are right of course, you are the National Champions and you should celebrate. I would not let what others say bother you. Heck, I am a Buckeye fan and people are still saying that our 2002 National Championship was not real becuase of a bad call, so my best advice to to just smile and turn the other cheek.

  74. tbrown89 says: Jan 8, 2010 5:26 PM

    Bama did great. But things would have been different if McCoy stayed in the game.
    The freshman quarterback did poorly in the first half. McCoy’s loss dealt a psychological blow to the offense and defense. Bama capitalized on that. But that’s what happens in football, and both teams have to adjust. It’s just a shame that Bama couldn’t face the full Texas offense and that we couldn’t watch it. Mack Brown should have better prepared the backup quarterback all season long. He won’t make that mistake next year hopefully.
    What is amazing is the fact that Texas won the second half of the game. Bama scored because of the freshman quarterback’s mistakes. The Texas defense held them back quite successfully. Bama fans should celebrate, but there is no pride in losing 15-13 in the second half to a freshman quarterback.

  75. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 6:14 PM

    @stnmmc …
    Thanks!! Nice to find a friend over here LOL You made my day :-)
    @Frank …
    With my bowling ball??? You’ve gotta give Timmy his props. That boy played tough. And when he choked up and cried after a game, he shed actual tears.

  76. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 6:40 PM

    @tbrown89 …
    Football games last four quarters, two halfs, and 60 minutes. Thanks for telling us we should celebrate. We are–proudly. Why wouldn’t we? Nothing our team or any of our players has done should make us feel anything but pride.
    ROLL TIDE!!!!

  77. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 7:17 PM

    @Frank …
    Well, it’s “official.” Pinched nerve. No medical follow-up necessary. Rest only. Like I said, rewound the DVR and he was moving the arm fine in the tunnel–not in a throwing motion, of course. But it sure wasn’t dangling lifeless. This is the final outcome I expected. No Tebow available w/miracle cure … but plenty of trainers. Not your first rodeo either. Draw your own conclusions.

  78. TexasStar says: Jan 9, 2010 2:19 PM

    i’ve been following along the thread and i gotta admit the Deb vs. the world thing is pretty darn entertaining.
    i’d just like to point out that there is, at least, one UT alum/fan (me) who is disappointed when ANY player gets injured. as a former student athlete, my view is that if i’m gonna play a team (and win) i want to play the best that they have. i, for one, was bummed when Bradford went down. i was bummed when Colt went down. i was bummed to see Ingram 0n the sidelines. i don’t like it when any player gets hurt. but it is part of the game and when a player gets hurt that’s when some of the TOUGHEST decisions get made….
    …I give my congrats to Alabama football, it was their night, their year, and they deserve the trophy…
    but Deb, i don’t think your line of reasoning is fair to Mr. Colt reagarding his ‘toughness’. in fact, it smacks of high-school-football-coach-thinking. you know that whole, “win at all costs, play hurt, walk it off, don’t stop running even when you’re puking” mentality. high school coaches act like winning at football is everything and like their players need to be willing to lay down their life on the field.
    in my opinion that mentality is unhealthy, both mentally and physically.
    football is a game. it’s not everything. it’s way smaller than life and family and being healthy. if Colt wanted to go back in but didn’t go back in it had nothing to do with his ‘toughness’- i bet the guy would have played had they amputated his arm. if his coach says no, then it’s no. doesn’t matter if you’re Tebow, Ingram, or whoever- if the coach says “no” then it’s “no” (would you rather he juke his coaches and trainers ala Matt Stafford?) it was because they were thinking of his future and his ability to feed himself and perhaps his family by playing in more games at a professional level, because all he wanted to do was get back in there.
    Stay off Colt’s back and stay on all these whiny UT fans’ backs that deserve it.
    It’s just a game- it’s not worth risking one’s future.
    Congrats Alabama – we’ll getcha next year!

  79. Deb says: Jan 9, 2010 3:13 PM

    Well, hey there, Texas Star!
    Just thought I’d pop over this afternoon and see if there’d been any activity and here you are: the Texas good sport I’ve been wanting to meet!
    Thank you!
    Please don’t think I’d argue for any player–college or pro–to jeopardize his health or future for a game. I argued passionately against Roethlisberger playing with a concussion, though I desperately wanted him on the field. I enjoy reading about football history, and too many pro players played through injury back in the day when there was little long-term compensation. They wound up crippled old men with nothing to show. That’s one reason I tend to side with the NFLPA now … but that’s another discussion :-)
    Still, I admire those who suck up the pain from minor injuries and keep going when it won’t jeopardize their futures. With no disrespect to the school or to you, it seemed to me Colt’s injury was minor. That’s why I argued as I did. And from the way the announcements were worded, I don’t think Coach Brown sat him. I think when it was put to him at the half, he probably said, “Sure, son, do what’s best for you.” There’s a difference between that and benching an injured player.
    There’s an interesting post by gator_prof on the “Pinched nerve derailed UT …” thread. That info was new to me, and I haven’t verified it, but if it’s true, it’s telling. Yes, I’ll admit I think he let down his team–and put mine in the position of having to defend a championship they’d earned. Maybe I’m wrong about him. Time will tell.
    In the meantime, thanks for the congrats. I think you have a gutsy future QB in Gilbert. And if your DC is being groomed as a future HC, you’ll be winning for years to come. Can’t tell you how much I respected the Longhorns’ fight. Great game!

  80. PolegoJim says: Jan 9, 2010 8:53 PM

    @ Deb
    I love your responses. Beautiful reasoning. You’re far too heady and knowledgable for many of the arm chair and mouse Head Coaches who post here.
    Keep up the good high IQ work.

  81. TexasStar says: Jan 10, 2010 6:48 AM

    Ok, i can see where you’re coming from with McCoy – interesting angle. i hope it’s not the case, and from what i’ve heard about him in local papers and from a buddy of mine who occasionally teaches yoga to some of the guys in the team, he’s a serious competitor.
    i’ll have to hop over and check out the other thread to see what it says. but. . .
    i’m really excited about Gilbert. the kid has a rocket arm! yeah, i’ve never been a big fan of MackyBrown- my buddies and i used to call him “Come Back Mack” when we were in school.
    once again – Congratulations on the victory.
    gosh, losing sucks. :)

  82. Deb says: Jan 10, 2010 12:51 PM

    Hey, TexasStar …
    It’s hard to know about McCoy. The trainer says now he couldn’t play. But that night his dad said they told him to just sit it out. Another poster listed some other games with similar circumstances–seeminly minor problems that took him out. He may be mentally tougher than he seems, but I’d still say he’s pretty fragile from a physical perspective. And that doesn’t bode well for him in the NFL.
    Just heard a CBS analyst say he’s pretty much back to full strength now and they don’t expect this to hurt him in the draft. But in the next breath, he said he’s talked to half the teams in the league and Colt’s expected to go late first or early second round. A few weeks ago, he was being hailed as THE QB of this year’s draft, so it sounds like his stock has dropped. You just can’t have an NFL QB who can’t take a hit. Pro defenses are too fast and hit too hard. If they think he’s weak, they’ll eat him alive. Just look at Stafford–went back in and threw the TD with a separated shoulder. Not the throwing shoulder, but still, making that throw had to hurt like heck.
    Wasn’t that impressed with Mack, but was very impressed with your defensive coordinator. If he stays on as HC, look out!
    Yeah, losing sucks … it’s been a long time in-between for Bama!
    Thanks again for the congrats!

  83. Deb says: Jan 10, 2010 1:50 PM

    Texas Star!!!
    Did I just see on another thread where you congratulated Bama on their “first” championship? That was our 13th–more than any other school. Our last was in 1992, but we owned in the 60s and 70s. Ingram brought home our first Heisman.
    Bama has a pretty rich football history.

  84. TexasStar says: Jan 11, 2010 10:24 AM

    oops meant first Heisman – that’s what i get for surfing (and trying to think) before bed time. thanks for the correction.

  85. ochentacinco says: Jan 11, 2010 11:34 AM

    I still think if Ted Ginn Jr stays in the game the Buckeyes would have taken Florida for the 07 NC.

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