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One Man's Opinion

Did you get a chance to see many of the college football bowl games?

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to see a lot of them because of assignments on the news side that kept me busy both day and night.

I'm not fretting though, because the ones I did get an opportunity to see were terrific.

The big one, of course, was for the BCS National Championship between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas Longhorns, which was played Jan. 7.

It really didn't matter which team won, since I like several players and coaches on both sides. But Alabama ended up the victor, winning the national title by a score of 37-21.

The Longhorns were dealt a severe blow on their first offensive series when their star quarterback Colt McCoy suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to leave the game.

That left the Longhorns having to turn to freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert to get the job done -- a job he simply wasn't prepared for.

Even so, Gilbert, who likely will assume the quarterback role on a regular basis next season, was impressive down the stretch -- throwing for two touchdowns in the second half and putting Texas back into the game after they had trailed 24-6 at halftime.

By the midway point of the fourth quarter, the Longhorns found themselves behind by only three points, 24-21. It appeared the redshirt freshman quarterback had grown up quickly.

Mack Brown's team played with heart and soul -- the way games are intended to be played.

By the way, I'm not taking anything away from Alabama. The reason they won is simple. When they needed to get the job done, they did it.

Defense, which wins many championship games, was the key for Alabama, the team that defeated Florida earlier for the Southeastern Conference Championship.

The Tide ended up going undefeated on the season -- a very impressive feat, indeed.

After Texas pulled to within three points on a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion, Alabama took command of the game.

Alabama linebacker Eryk Anders made perhaps the biggest defensive play of the game.

With 3:02 remaining, Gilbert fumbled when Anders blind-sided him on a sack, and Alabama's Courtney Upshaw recovered the ball.

Three plays later, Heisman Trophy-winner Mark Ingram scored. It all but assured Alabama of the school's eighth national title.

Congratulations Alabama!

Web posted on Thursday, January 14, 2010

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