It was, then, as predictable as it was shocking to see Texas ahead 6-0 in the first quarter, driving down the field, dominating an Alabama defense in the same shocking fashion that Utah manhandled the Crimson Tide almost a year ago. Yet, as quickly as the championship was shaping up to be an upset, perhaps even a rout, it all unraveled as Texas QB Colt McCoy crumpled to the ground and grabbing his shoulder. As he went to the locker room and shell-shocked redshirt freshman Garrett Gilbert ran onto the field, one could sense a sea change in the air.
And a sea change it was. Texas went from 6-0 to start to a 24-6 deficit at the half. The inexperienced Gilbert crumpled against an Alabama defense that denied him the short pass and intercepted him down-field. As Colt McCoy sat in the locker room in disbelief at his inability to throw a 7 yard pass to his father, Texas' hopes crumpled. It was as sad as it was predictable.
The game had historical impact on the legacy of Alabama football and cemented the Crimson Tide's case as the best all-time college football program.
Nick Saban became the first coach to win BCS Championships with two different teams (LSU in 2003 was first).
And, of course, with Bama's win, SEC football racked up it's 4th straight BCS Championship; furthering its claim to be the title of top college football bowl conference and top college football championship conference.
Looking forward to next season, its hard to say what the future holds in store for each of these teams. Alabama returns many of its key players, including McElroy and Ingram, and should remain a top contender though the Tide will feel several losses on their defense including Butkus Award-winning LB Rolando McClain. As for Texas, history suggests they will remain consistent though, despite Gilbert's heartwarming effort, they are sure to feel the loss of Colt McCoy who, was, after all, the winningest QB in college football history. Ultimately, we'll have to see next season.
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Thanks to Paul Grossinger for his significant contributions to this summary of the 2010 BCS Championship Game.
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