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.