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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Buckeye Is a Lowlife

January 7th, 2014
12:04 pm

Redfern, you missed the short bus again today son. Get your gerbil out of your butt and go to school

BamaFan

January 6th, 2014
11:48 am

The 2013 Alabama team wasn’t as good as some had hoped. That’s why they only finished with an 11-2 record. Still, the SEC is obviously the dominant conference in CFB. You don’t have to like that fact, but it is true nonetheless. The SEC has won the vast majority of it’s bowl games, and we’ll find out tonight if they will win yet another NC. In addition to the SEC being the dominant conference, Alabama has been the dominant state within the conference over the past few years.

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Dr. No

January 6th, 2014
10:20 am

The media doesn’t do the SEC any favor by incessantly touting their dominance. I’m sure it fired up OU. Obviously Alabama wasn’t as good as everyone thought (come on they won a real close one at A&M.)

Marzha

January 6th, 2014
9:40 am

More cheating in Athens, this time it’s the swimming coach. Is there no end to the sleaze at UGA?

Thomas Brown

January 6th, 2014
4:58 am

Posted by DawgNole at 10:07 p.m. Jan. 5, 2014

“I scan ‘em all to pick out and point out the lies.”

TU

January 5th, 2014
9:56 pm

Does Bama have a TE? I thought to beat an edge rush the QB steps up in the pocket and makes quick drops to RB’s and TE’s. AJ likes to sit in a rocking chair and drop passes into a bucket.