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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Redfern on Capella V

January 5th, 2014
8:15 pm

The local Kroger had dwag T-shirts 3 for $10 this weekend. They weren’t selling.

BamaFan

January 5th, 2014
11:53 am

I don’t know that Kirby has ever expressed an interest in becoming a Head Coach.

Some of the best OCs and DCs simply aren’t cut out to be HCs. It’s a totally different job.

Elemenno P.

January 4th, 2014
9:45 pm

Wonder if Kirby Smart is at the top of anyone’s coaching list?

Redfern on Capella V

January 4th, 2014
10:29 am

NCDAWG
January 3rd, 2014
8:48 pm

There are millions of Bama fans..most of which never went to school at the University… they live and die with the Tide. There is no use denying it.

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Same thing with UGA. There

UA Grad

January 4th, 2014
10:16 am

I agree with you in principle concerning fans, NCDAWG. Every school has their irrational, even lunatic fringe…….the Harvey Updykes of the world. When I was growing up in the 70’s & 80’s I never saw this type of behavior. Yes, UA has more than its share of nut jobs. Point taken quite well. But we are an icon school that draws some of these unfortunate mental jobs. It is tacky to brag, especially with our history, but Alabama did put southern football on the map.

I must disagree, however, with the grammar and premise of your second point. I don’t believe a fan of a college football team needs to be a student or an alum of that institution. That would eliminate most of the fans from ANY school. My uncle graduated from Georgia. His children, however, attended smaller, private schools in Georgia. Yet, they are still Georgia fans because they grew up with it as children.

RammerJammer

January 4th, 2014
7:57 am

Tough year for Bama, but the process continues. UGA will continue on their quest for irrelevance.

BamaFan

January 4th, 2014
12:04 am

Hey, I’m disappointed, but life goes on. No win streak lasts forever.

I’m still proud of what AJ accomplished in his career at Bama, even if it didn’t end on a high note. While this season turned out to be a disappointment, it’s hard to get too upset over an 11-2 record. Bama can’t play for a National Championship every year, but if they’re good enough, they’ll have a realistic shot every year. It takes a little luck as well. Any team can lose a single game on a given day against almost anyone else. Happens all the time.

Best of luck to ‘lil brother Aubie. Hope they win another one for the SEC.

NCDAWG

January 3rd, 2014
8:48 pm

Tell that to the fool lady that tried to attack the Oklahoma student section. Tell that to the Harvey Updikes. What other fan base does that? No one…there is your answer.

There are millions of Bama fans..most of which never went to school at the University… they live and die with the Tide. There is no use denying it.

UA Grad

January 3rd, 2014
5:03 pm

Not so, NCDawg. Most of us from The Capstone have very rewarding personal and professional lives.That said, I am very proud of my school and of our many football accomplishments since 1892. Alabama can’t win them all….but we sure do try. Don’t worry, we will be back. RTR.

NCDawg

January 3rd, 2014
3:01 pm

Curious lack of Bammers here today… I hope no one committed suicide. You never can tell with the way Bammers worship football and base their self worth on the game.