This certainly isn’t the way Alabama football fans hoped to begin 2015. Their beloved Crimson Tide fell to the Ohio State Buckeyes in a dramatic 42-35 upset.
It was an outcome no one saw coming for the Alabama Crimson Tide, the No 1. ranked college team in the country. Especially when the Tide had the Buckeyes on the ropes early in the game, leading 21-6.
But Ohio State proved it had all the components necessary for a dazzling comeback, not only closing the gap, but moving out in front early during the third quarter.
Though Ezekiel Elliott in essence won the game for Ohio with a touchdown with less than four minutes left, the game was inarguably close until the last seconds of the game, as Alabama refused to willingly yield a victory to their opponents. With other games ending in embarrassing blowouts, all credit must be given to the Crimson Tide for their performance.
Even though the team threatened a comeback with a touchdown at about the two-minute mark, the Crimson Tide and their fans knew it was over when a Hail Mary pass ended in a Buckeyes interception.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 2, 2015
Even though the dream is over for Alabama, Ohio State still has work to do. They will meet the Oregon Ducks in the College Football Playoff National Championship game in Arlington, Texas, on January 12.
Despite the disappointing loss, Alabama coach Nick Saban paid a big compliment to his opponents. Saban said that even though they are facing a team that devastated the No. 2 ranked Florida State Seminoles, he said that the Buckeyes are “capable of playing with any team in the country.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) January 2, 2015
Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is also confident of his team’s chances during the championship game, believing them to be “good enough” to take whatever the Ducks throw at them.
There has been a bit of sour commentary as to what led to the demise of the Alabama Crimson Tide and their title run. During his criticism of the Crimson Tide, Kevin Scarbinsky at AL.com blamed the outcome on the inability of the Alabama offense to overcome the bumbling mistakes of the Alabama defense.
“[T]his game looked a lot like the Iron Bowl except the Alabama offense couldn’t overcome another ugly performance by the Alabama defense.
“That defense gave up 348 total yards in the first half and 537 for the game. That defense was the primary culprit as Ohio State ran off 28 straight points, although Sims contributed to the avalanche with a painful pick-six of his own late in the third quarter.
“That Alabama defense made Ohio State’s third-string quarterback, Cardale Jones, who was making just the second start of his college career, look like Cam Newton Jr. It made Elliott, who rushed for 230 yards and two touchdowns and was named the game’s offensive MVP, look like the second coming of Emmitt Smith.”
While some give props to OSU, others feel this loss was all on Alabama. What do you think?
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