The Alabama Crimson Tide finished a promising season with what ended up an embarrassing loss to the Oklahoma Sooners by a count of 45-31.
Alabama was unable to play consistently for four quarters. A lackadaisical defensive effort in the first half turned into a dominant third quarter, but the Tide offense was unable to take advantage. Alabama running back Derrick Henry exploded onto the scene in the second half, but the Tide defense wilted again in the fourth quarter.
Lots of credit to Oklahoma; they executed and took the game to Alabama. But the Tide played uninspired for a great deal of the game, and some of the coaching decisions were questionable if not downright incomprehensible.
Some quick, unedited thoughts about the game:
• Oklahoma is exciting to watch, and should have gone much farther. Congratulations to the Sooners.
• First-and-30 ending up in a touchdown is inexcusable.
• Derrick Henry is an absolute beast, and should give T.J. Yeldon all the competition he can handle for the starting job next season. Simply dominant.
• AJ McCarron completely came apart in this game. Oklahoma’s defensive pressure, and a terrible offensive line performance, led to seven sacks of the greatest QB in Alabama history. That said, thank you for everything, AJ.
• On the other hand, it’s a good thing some of these players are leaving. Success can breed complacency, and it’s time for some new blood.
• You can cuss out Doug Nussmeier all you want, but it seems like Tide fans have been angry at the offensive coordinator for seven years, and that points to one thing.
Overall, it wasn’t the way Alabama fans wanted the season to end for sure, but an 11-2 season is far better than most teams, and the future continues to look bright in Tuscaloosa.