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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NCDawg

January 3rd, 2014
2:59 pm

A word to the wise: an exposed BULLY is usually in for a rough ride. Any team that can run tempo and throw the ball will not be afraid of Bama next year. The mystique has been shattered. 40+ points in 3 games… pray Smart gets it straightened out. I bet LSU doesn’t try to out muscle you next year.

Your schedule is cushy soft except LSU next year. That is unless Florida suddenly develops an offense. And maybe Ole Miss will put enough on the field to give you problems. A&M will be without Johnny Football so they probably won’t give you fits like they have the past 2 years. Then there is always Auburn.

Save the chest thumping and gloating until you make the 4 team playoff next year.

NCDawg

January 3rd, 2014
2:51 pm

Mr.McCarron did all the things that the same gloating Bammers said “overrated” Aaron Murray used to do. 2 Interceptions? A fumble with the game on the line? The interceptions were on him…bad reads and throws. But wait… that would be bad coaching right? The dumbass Georgia coaches didn’t prepare Murray well enough, right? Then the same applies here… you can’t have it both
ways.

Note I did not say all of you did this… just some obnoxious, childish gloaters said these things and now need to eat their full plate of crow.

I don’t give a rip about your National Championships…it’s all about what have you done lately and the Tide face planted in their last 2 games. That showing last night was embarrassing for the rest of the SEC. The mighty Crimson Tide is supposed to be the standard bearer for our conference and you fell way short of your lofty billing.

Sure you have a Top ranked recruiting class but just remember that Florida had the #1 class in 2010 and went 7-6 the next year. Recruiting rankings aren’t the be all end all… having a Top 8-10 class is usually good enough.

I’d ride the humble train this off season… somebody already had that idea after the problems cropped up and you’d all be wise to follow that lead.

NCDawg

January 3rd, 2014
2:48 pm

The chink in the armor has been found Bammers. Anyone with top shelf athletes that runs an up tempo offense gives the vaunted Bama defense FITS. Georgia exposed your secondary last year and then A&M did again this year. Auburn showed that if your defense isn’t given time to make your methodical reads, it is simply the same as any other defense. Coach Saban and Coach Smart surely saw that this was coming and did nothing to adjust. Sorry to tell you but that isn’t good coaching. The flaw was exposed and nothing was done to correct it. And you can bet EVERYBODY will be taking a crack at it next year.

NCDawg

January 3rd, 2014
2:22 pm

Sorry Bammers…I told you it was coming. In the off season I told you that assuming another title would come back to bite you. Not all of the regulars on this site participated in this but there are some notables that already trying figure out who ya’ll were going to play in the BCS CG. I was mocked for saying that you should be careful…that all the bragging and gloating would bite you in the arse…and guess who was right?

Insider

January 3rd, 2014
1:56 pm

Saban will interview with pro team next week.

Tampa Gator

January 3rd, 2014
1:37 pm

But this is NOT a recruiting site.

Tampa Gator

January 3rd, 2014
1:36 pm

On another note…..Cook de-committing to FSU from Florida has opened the door for the Gators with Jeff Jones, the RB from Minnesota and the MVP of the UR game.

Tampa Gator

January 3rd, 2014
1:33 pm

LADawg……

Henry is NOT from Georgia. He is from the west coast of Florida. The Gators, Noles, and Canes…and now….UCF….let him get out of Florida. But Georgia worked hard to get him and Bama won out. Simple as that.

LADawg

January 3rd, 2014
1:20 pm

Didn’t mean to take anything away from Gurley, but when a back has to get the vast majority of his yards on his own due to a under coached disinterested OL, he is not going to hold up.

Bama’s got a very good stable of running backs and Henry chose the Tide over his state school which has become Richt and company’s MO.

mulk

January 3rd, 2014
12:46 pm

Bama beat no one this year. The SEC honchos put a schedule together for the Tide that was supposed to get them to the NC. Cupcakes every week with off weeks before the A&M and LSU games. Chattanooga before the Auburn game is as close to an off week as you can get and still play a game.

On another note, the Dawgs could have used a horse like Derrick Henry this year, but alas, another great Georgia player leaves the state to avoid a coaching staff that minimizes the potential of its players.
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LA dog,

Agree on the schedule part. According to most UGAG supporters, Henry would never get any playing time because that already have THE best RB in the country? He looked like a beast to me.