That’s what many people were thinking during Saturday’s game between No. 1 Alabama and Texas, except the Longhorns’ fans will be changing the name.
Nick Saban’s first national championship with the Alabama Crimson Tide came in the 2010 BCS Championship Game against the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl, and ever since then, fans have been plagued by the question, “What if Colt McCoy didn’t get injured?” in the Rose Bowl.
Of course, the response is “you never know,” which is unlikely to convince many people. The Longhorns’ starting quarterback was seriously hurt on what can only be described as a football hit, even though the play earned a penalty (although a very dubious one). This has become something of an annual occurrence in games between Alabama and Texas.
Shades of 2010… Colt McCoy gets same injury in the Ship. That doesn't happen Texas handles Bama easy.
Same was true today. https://t.co/3z4tAdX6iG
— D'Angelo (@Brando_Brand0) September 11, 2022
Heisman Trophy finalist Colt McCoy hurt his throwing shoulder after a collision with Marcell Dareus during a quarterback option play the last time this happened. Alabama won 37-21 without him as Garrett Gilbert threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns but also fumbled twice and had four interceptions.
Both of the big college football networks had their pregame broadcasts there, adding to the twelve years of complaining. There were two college football shows in town, both trying to out-talk the other: College GameDay and Big Noon Kickoff. ESPN brought in their newest entrant to the mouth race, Pat McAfee, to help Austin compete.
Fox, which was finally able to air an Alabama game, responded to Lee Corso’s controversial headgear choice by bringing in Tom Rinaldi and his pianist for an interview with Nick Saban. No one cried as a result of it.
No one, that is, until the game began. Junior linebacker Will Anderson Jr. described the atmosphere as “the loudest [environment] I’ve been in.”
ESPN’s “College GameDay” featured a “What If?” segment, in which former Longhorns head coach Mack Brown said that Texas would have won the 2010 game if only McCoy hadn’t gotten hurt. After all, what could he possibly say to disagree with her?
However, it was Quinn Ewers who was eliminated this time around. He was in the midst of strong first-quarter performance, having completed 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards and just playing in his second football game since his junior year of high school.
The mullet quarterback from Southlake Carroll High School in Texas has decided to attend Ohio State University in the fall of 2021 instead of finishing his senior year. A year after making his commitment, he moved in with his new school family.
Dallas Turner was called for roughing the passer after he hit Ewers as he left his feet to throw. The sophomore linebacker had no chance of holding up without allowing the quarterback to complete the throw deep in Alabama territory, and he didn’t even try to push down or add extra weight once they landed.
As Hudson Card prepared to enter the game, the Texan’s conspiratorial choir could be heard tuning up (never mind the non-safety call in the second half, but it appeared the officials eventually got it right).
Everyone at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium was trying to shake the overwhelming sense of déjà vu, so Ewers kicked a garbage can on the sideline and covered his head with a towel before heading to the locker room.
Curiously, no one ever wonders what may have happened in the BSC champThat’s a shame, because speculating about “what if” does nothing. the game at the end o the Crimson Tide’s perfect 2009 season if quarterback Greg McElroy hadn’t suffered a devastating ribcage injury against Florida. However, Mark Ingram II and Trent Richardson each rushed for over 100 yards, and he only completed 6 of 11 throws.
In the most recent national championship game between Alabama and Georgia, both teams were missing key players. Disappointed, but mostly understanding, was how the Crimson Tide felt.
Herein lies the main distinction between the SEC and the Big 12. The Southeastern Conference recognizes that physical play and the resulting risk of injury are inherent to the sport. Making excuses is a certain way to lose concentration and get run ran over.
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