Alabama Defeats Texas 37-21 For 13th National Title, First Since 1992

Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Alabama knocked out Texas star quarterback Colt McCoy early, as the top-ranked Crimson Tide beat the Longhorns, 37-21, to win their 13th national championship.

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Video: Complete Highlights From Alabama's Win Over Texas In BCS Championship

In case you were busy watching HGTV’s first-time home-buyers marathon last night (why would I know that was on? It’s not like I watched ANY of it), here are the full highlights of Thursday night’s BCS National Championship game, which was won with relative ease by Alabama, 37-24:

The game did get interesting there for a minute when Alabama stopped playing offense for a quarter and a half and Texas pulled within three. It was almost enough to distract me from House Hunters, but I simply HAD TO SEE which place they picked!


Ingram Scores 2 TDs In Alabama's 37-21 Win Over Texas In National Title Game

Pasadena, CA (Sports Network) – Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Alabama knocked out Texas star quarterback Colt McCoy early, as the top-ranked Crimson Tide beat the Longhorns, 37-21, to win their 13th national championship.

Alabama gave the SEC its fourth consecutive national champion, as Florida sandwiched a pair of titles around one by LSU the past three years. Alabama (14-0) won its first national title since 1992 and did it by surviving a late rally from freshman signal-caller Garrett Gilbert.

McCoy suffered a right shoulder injury early in the first quarter of the BCS title game and didn’t return.

Marcell Dareus’ hard hit forced McCoy out of the game and the Alabama defensive lineman later returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown with three seconds left in the first half.

Trent Richardson ripped off a 49-yard scoring burst in the second quarter and added a two-yard TD run with 47 seconds left in the game for the Crimson Tide, who also had a 26-yard field goal from Leigh Tiffin. After Richardson’s scoring run, the Tide started to celebrate, dousing head coach Nick Saban with a cooler of red punch.

Gilbert, the son of former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert. stepped in and had a horrendous first half, but threw a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes to Jordan Shipley. The last, a 28-yarder, came with 6:15 remaining. The two-point conversion pass to Dan Buckner pulled the No. 2 Longhorns within 24-21.

Texas (13-1) got the ball back after an Alabama punt, but Gilbert was nailed from behind by Eryk Anders on a blitz and lost the ball. Courtney Upshaw recovered for the Tide at the Texas three. Ingram, who scored the go-ahead TD in the second quarter, then sealed the win by getting three cracks at the goal line, the final one when he barely broke the plane for a one-yard score with 2:01 left.

Two plays later, Javier Arenas got his second interception of the night to end any miraculous hopes of a Texas comeback.


Colt Who? Gilbert's 2nd TD Pass Puts Texas Within Three Points

It’s been a tough night for Texas freshman QB Garrett Gilbert. But it’s getting better with every drive. On his most recent, Garrett orchestrated a 9-play, 65-yard drive that culminated in 28-yard TD pass to, who else, Jordan Shipley. Gilbert took a monster hit and demonstrated some serious poise with the throw.

The Longhorns went for two and Garrett threw a strike to Buckner to make it a 24-21 game.

Your move, Mr. McElroy. Because now all of a sudden, you don’t want to put the ball in Gilbert’s hands.


End Of Third Quarter: Alabama 24, Texas 13

Throughout the third quarter, Texas’ offense looked like it was in prevent. More afraid of letting Garrett Gilbert commit any semblance of a mistake than trying to get back into the game. Finally, they loosened up and Gilbert hit Shipley to make t 24-13. With the ensuing onside kick recovery, the Longhorns looked ready to capitalize on their new-found momentum.

Blame the slightly-off-the-mark passes from Gilbert or blame the refs for not calling a blatant PI but Texas punted the ball away and now Alabama has the chance to swing that momentum meter back to where it’s been the rest of the night.

24-13. It’s starting to look like a game. Look like…


Colt McCoy Officially Ruled Out Of BCS Championship Game

Just before the second half kicked off, Lisa Salters reported what we all already assumed: Colt McCoy will not return to tonight's game. It's all yours, Garrett. 


Halftime: Bad Gets Worse For Texas

Oh, this isn’t even really close to fair at this point. McCoy is being “re-evaluated” at the half with an injury that kept him out the entire first half. Alabama is running the ball with malicious intent. Pete Carroll is showing us his freaky hands. And worst yet for those hoping for a serious game, Garrett Gilbert just threw a “safe” shovel pass into the hands of Marcell Dareus, who earlier knocked McCoy out with that shoulder injury…

Dareus scored a TD on the return, stiff-armed a few defenders out of the way, and picked up an unsportsmanlike penalty just because he could. Gilbert is 1-10 with 2 INTs so far. Unless Alabama starts coughing up turnovers like a sick cat barfs up hairballs, this game is for all intents and purposes done, done, done.


Colt McCoy 'Getting Treatment,' Will Be 'Reevaluated' At Halftime

If this BCS Championship game is indeed an episode of Friday Night Lights, then the script would next call for Colt McCoy, injured superstar quarterback, to make miraculous return in the second half. And while there's still no signs that will happen, Lisa Salters' report at least gives hope. Apparently McCoy is "getting treatment" and will be "reevaluated" by Texas at the half. 

Also, there is this: Joe Scarborough, of MSNBC's Morning Joe, is reporting that a source told him McCoy has a broken collarbone


Crimson Tide Muscles Up, Goes Up 7-6

Things settled into something resembling normality as Alabama not only went through a special teams play without committing a turnover, but also got their power run game running through Mark Ingram for their first score as the Heisman Winner plunged in for a TD as Alabama took a 7-6 lead.

Also, Garrett Gilbert now has trainers looking at him on the Texas sidelines. If he’s out, Texas is down to their third-stringer, Sherrod Harris. There’s 12:29 left in the 2nd quarter. If your score prediction was “Alabama PURPLE TASTE Texas COMPLETE INSANITY,” you can go ahead and collect your winnings at the nearest window.


Getting To Know Garrett Gilbert

It looked like a brief scare for Texas--Colt McCoy would shake it off for a play, and then get back in there. Now, McCoy's got his pads off and is heading to X-ray room in Pasadena, with the Longhorns' pinning their title hopes to the right arm of Garrett Gilbert, a true freshman. So just who is this kid?

Well, as can be said for most of the backups at both of these schools, Gilbert was one of the nation's most prestigious recruits coming out of high school. He went to Lake Travis High School in Texas and he's the son of former-NFL QB, Gail Gilbert. Last season he passed for nearly 5,000 yards and 55 touchdowns on the way to a state title. He was a member of ESPN's Elite 11 Quarterback group, a participant in the star-studded Under Armour All-American game, and, well... You get the point. Generally just an all-around high school badass. He's got the pedigree.


...But he's still a true freshman. He played in seven of Texas' games this year, connecting on 15 of 24 passes for just 124 yards, and no touchdowns. But hey, no interceptions, either! And for better or worse--pending Texas going to the wildcat formation with converted quarterback John Chiles--it appears that Gilbert's going to be leading the 'Horns on offense for the foreseeable future.

To put this in perspective, he was born in 1991. Can he win a Nationa Championship against the best defense in the country?

Stay tuned.


Garrett Gilbert Takes Over For Injured Colt McCoy Early In First Quarter

What's the apocalyptic scenario for Texas? This: Colt McCoy took a helmet to the back of his shoulder and not only had to leave the game, but was just seen heading toward the locker room with the team's trainers. Uh, yeah, that's worst case scenario for the Longhorns, with a side of WHY GOD WHY. 

Why so bad? His replacement is Garrett Gilbert -- a true freshman. Meet Alabama's defense, young Garrett. And good luck. 

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