First: Congrats to Bama on a very good year. I, like most, was hoping for more. However, the cards donít always fall in your favor.
Offense: The offense moved the ball effectively at times. However, they made too many mistakes at crucial times. They had 12 negative plays which included 2 fumbles, one returned for a TD and the other was in the red zone where Bama may have been able to take a lead into half time, 2 interception, on which led to a TD right before half time, on tackle for a loss with 7 sacks. They wasted good field position in the second half where Bama could have mounted a comeback. They had 5 runs of over 10 yards and Derrik Henry had 4 of them. They had 9 pass competitions for over 10 yards. Bama left too many points on the field. They had a 1st and 10 on the 10 in the red zone and settled for a field goal. They fumbled in the red zone which Ok took the drive and went for a TD. They fumble with the scored tied and a chance to run more clock and score and maybe take the lead going into the half. I really donít know why the coaches didnít help the OL and use a back or TE to chip the rusher that was giving them so much trouble. Bama had 3 three and outs and all were in the second half.
QB: AJ made some good throws, but was pressured especially in the second half. He forced a ball after Bama got an int. and gave it right back. On the next int., I think Cooper stopped on his route. After the pressure got to him and the int, I think he was hesitant to throw the ball into a small window as well as looking at the rush.
RB: Henry ran hard as did Yeldon. As I stated the fumble was big. Bama runs clock and scores and possibly go in leading by 3/7.
REC: They caught the ball most of the time and many different players had catches. A big drop by Cooper in the second half led to a 3 and out when Bama started with good field position.
OL: I have hot and cold feeling here. There were times they looked great and other times they didnít get the push they need on running plays. I think have of the sacks came from the left side of the OL. I donít think CK needs to leave for the NFL
Defense: Oklahoma came out with an outstanding game plan and stuck with it. They attacked Bama with the short passing game and continued to move the chains. They rarely had a long 3rd down play. There is a time when Ok had a 1st and 30 and converted and ended the drive with a TD. I think this is where they went up 38- 24. OK also had Bama getting lined up late or not at all at times. They were torched early and came back the second half and had stops on 5 out of 6 possessions. They gave the offense a chance to come back in the game, but they didnít do it. They had 8 negative plays and forced 2 three and outs in the third quarter to give Bama a chance. They gave up 3 runs over 10 yards and 9 passes for 10+ yards.
DL: They would have played a good game if it had been a running team. They just donít have a dominant pass rusher.
LB: They had to play sideline to sideline all day. They were put in a bad position because of the offense Ok threw at them.
DB: Almost all CBís got burned for a big TD. They did not press the rec as they got free releases many times.
Penalties: The biggest penalty of the game was when Bama lost the TD on the punt return. After this they went 3 and out.
Finally: One of the main keys was the points Bama left on the field. They took a field goal when they started with 1st and 10 on the 10 yard line going in. They fumbled in the red zone. They missed a field goal and they took points off the board on the punt return penalty. The D put Bama in a position to win, but they didnít. That is the way the ball bounces some times.
Good Luck and Roll Tide Roll
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