Oklahoma puts boom on McCarron

There were some unusual sights in the Sugar Bowl.

AJ McCarron under pressure.

McCarron looking frazzled.

McCarron throwing the ball to players in the wrong colored jerseys and taking sacks and committing an intentional grounding penalty.

McCarron looked liked the redshirt freshman making his fifth career start, not the two-time national champ.

Oklahoma’s Trevor Knight had little experience before the Sugar Bowl, but he outplayed McCarron on Thursday night.

“He was exceptional tonight,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “He was outstanding.”

He had thrown for 471 yards all season, but finished with 348 yards and four TD passes in the Sooners’ 45-31 victory over Alabama and its vaunted defense.

Knight looked like the better, more composed QB. Oklahoma looked like the better team.

The Sooners played faster, better prepared, took advantage of Alabama turnovers and then held off the Tide’s attempted second-half rally.

They also rattled McCarron, the top winner at Alabama when it comes to QBs.

Oklahoma’s final score came in fitting fashion.

LB Eric Striker blew past LT Cyrus Kouandjio for what seemed like the millionth time, grabbed McCarron with one hand and swatted the ball out of his hand with the other. The ball was picked up and returned for the last TDs.

It was Oklahoma’s seventh sack. It was Alabama’s fourth turnover.

McCarron threw for 387 yards, but threw two turnovers and that fumble.

Many thought Alabama was a shoe-in for its fourth national championship in five years, but then Auburn’s Chris Davis shocked the world, as the players like to say, with his miraculous return, sending the Tide to another bowl.

Instead, Alabama finished on a two-game losing streak for the first time since the 2008 season.

Remember that season? Florida knocked off Alabama in the SEC title game and then Utah beat them in the Sugar Bowl.

That all seemed incredibly unlikely until the last seconds of the Iron Bowl.

McCarron had an incredible career, but Oklahoma put the boom on him Thursday night.

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January 3rd, 2014
9:59 am

Alabama should have played pure ball control from first snap. Should have taken 7 minutes to score that first TD, not 1 minute. Once they started the up and down and McCarron made the errors, Alabama had to keep throwing it. Should have kept control of game from the start. And Stoops is a good coach, plenty of fire and pride (unlike some coaches we know).

UA Grad

January 3rd, 2014
9:47 am

I would like to congratulate Oklahoma on the win. You were the better team last night. We have much work to do, but we will be back.

Tampa Gator

January 3rd, 2014
9:24 am

@SEC Observer…..

I believe Wet Willie used similar words to describe me yesterday. But I guess Wet will not be singing the Bama praises 24/7/365 so much now. Humble pie was dished out to Bammer in a big way in the last two games they played. Let’s see…..Bama played three good teams this year…..lost of two of them. Hummmmmmmmmm………

Tampa Gator

January 3rd, 2014
9:18 am

Hate to see the SEC lose in a bowl game…..but I must say I found pleasure in Bama getting embarrassed last night on both sides of the ball.

Wet Willie and Blackoutanyone were just on here yesterday blasting Florida and Georgia and singing the praises of almighty Bama and almighty Saban. Now, their team joins Florida and Georiga with a losing streak. Got to love it, although I hate that the SEC got showed up like that in a BCS bowl game. Brought back memories of Florida vs. Louisville last year in the Sugar Bowl. The blowout was similar, except that the Oklahoma QB totally exposed the very weak coverage skills of the Bama secondary. They will need Brown and Humphrey next year for sure. I do think Florida is planning to bring an up tempo offense to Bammerland next year as well. Maybe Bammer will get in shape before then and learn how to cover wide receivers by then as well. But I am cheerishing the “Wet and Black” moment. Poor Bama…..and poor Wet Willie and Blackoutanyone…..brought down a big, big notch last night.


January 3rd, 2014
9:10 am

Not your moma’s Alabama squad this season, was it?


January 3rd, 2014
8:29 am

Bet there were some trailers trashed last night in Bammer. What a but whooping. On another note, if my Dawgs had played Okie last night, the little league mercy rule would have been in effect by mid third quarter when it got to say 80-0. Whew, those boys are good. Tore up the #1 SEC defense

SEC Observer

January 3rd, 2014
1:58 am

Has anyone seen WetWillie, that arrogant arse?

Nice way to finish the season with 2 losses.


January 3rd, 2014
1:55 am

Little nephew watched game and said “those guys (bama) stink”!
Yep…literally and figuratively! Especially their fans.


January 3rd, 2014
1:46 am

Bamalama’s #1 offensive lineman got beat like a drum.
He will be another bust in the nfl.

Oklahoma gave mccarron a preview of his nfl career.

bye bye bama


January 3rd, 2014
1:42 am

Freakin’ Karma coming back to bite bamalama’s butt!!!!