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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HotDawg

January 3rd, 2014
1:42 am

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

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

HotDawg

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

HotDawg

January 3rd, 2014
1:55 am

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

SEC Observer

January 3rd, 2014
1:58 am

Has anyone seen WetWillie, that arrogant arse?

Nice way to finish the season with 2 losses.

JB

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

Paddy.....

January 3rd, 2014
9:10 am

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

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.

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………

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.
RTR.

WeRunTheEast

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).

james

January 3rd, 2014
10:00 am

SEC isn’t that good this year– I am a Dawg fan and
we are middle of pack team and should have beat Auburn.
FSU should handle the lucky War Eagles Monday…

Max Sizemore

January 3rd, 2014
10:06 am

Alabama’s defense was often not lined up and ready to play at the snap of the ball. Totally inexcusable, and on Kirby Smart. I never imagined that Bama could be outcoached to that extent. Oh, WeRunTheEast, McCarron checked to the hitch outside because Oklahoma started the game with 8 in the box.

Fred

January 3rd, 2014
10:09 am

Oklahoma, where the wind comes whipping across the plain – and the Sooner football team takes football SERIOUSLY. Just a little dose of reality for Alabama – don’t count your victories before you secure them on field. This is sort of thing that happens when you have good, speedy, well-prepared opposition. Nothing for ‘Bama to be embarrassed about, you had a good run but you’re gonna miss McCarron more than you think.

joe

January 3rd, 2014
10:13 am

What we are seeing right before our eyes is the beginning of the end of Nick Saban. Think about it. It happens to every coach who hangs around long enough…Mack Brown, Phil Fulmer, Steve Spurrier, Rich Rod, etc. Bama is already seeing this and starting next year, so will UGA fans with Richt now that Murray is gone. Hey Bama fans–got a second?

David Granger

January 3rd, 2014
10:15 am

Somebody better keep a close watch on that Harvey Updyke scum. He’s probably on his way to Norman to burn down the Sooner Schooner.

Harv

January 3rd, 2014
10:30 am

Yep, faster and better prepared, that sums it up. ‘Bama was trying to win in an SEC city based on reputation and not by going out and taking it.

BravoDawg

January 3rd, 2014
10:39 am

I heard Sweet Home Alabama playing on the bus when the Sooners left the stadium! Tide got rolled!!!!!!!

SEC_SEC_SEC

January 3rd, 2014
11:16 am

That was an excellent game played by Oklahoma. Bama’s offense has been covering for a defense that wasn’t quite up to par in 2013. That was obvious in the Texas A&M game as well as in their 2 losses to end the season. This Crimson Tide team wasn’t as bad as was the 2010 team, but they’re up against a major rebuilding next year with a new QB. Could Bama be facing two disappointing seasons in a row? Only time will tell.

LADawg

January 3rd, 2014
12:40 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.

mulk

January 3rd, 2014
12:41 pm

Bama is the cow bell for the SEC but they need to get outside the conference a little more – on a home and home basis – and quit hiding behind the every game in the SEC is tough bull$hit.

Oklahoma was not that good this season, but they looked quicker last night than Bama???.

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.

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.

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.

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
1:37 pm

But this is NOT a recruiting site.

Insider

January 3rd, 2014
1:56 pm

Saban will interview with pro team next week.

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?

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
2:51 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
2:59 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
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.

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
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.

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.

RammerJammer

January 4th, 2014
7:57 am

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

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.

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

Elemenno P.

January 4th, 2014
9:45 pm

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

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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?

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.)

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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.

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

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