Auburn Beats Alabama by a Doink and Bad Math
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It's not every day you see a game won by a trick play that doesn't need to be run.
Auburn lined up the punter at wide receiver to try to keep Waddle on the sideline. Bama noticed it late and took a penalty in the confusion. So simple, but so smart by Malzahn. Took the game straight out of Bama's hands pic.twitter.com/u0g87fz7as— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) December 1, 2019
Trying to keep Jaylen Waddle off the field was a no-brainer. Dude was a one-man wrecking crew out there, scoring four touchdowns and terrorizing the Tiger secondary all afternoon.
Najee Harris showed a good air game, too, as part of his 27-carry, 147-yard ramblings:
Sophomore slinger Mac Jones justified why the Tide recruited him, going 26-39 for 335 yards and four touches.
Those two INTs he gave up didn't help the cause, but they were par for the course in a game where accuracy was at a premium.
HOW DID THIS JUST HAPPEN!???!?!?! pic.twitter.com/lyJ2tkj465— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 30, 2019
The Tigers may not have carried the day stat-wise, but their blend of strategizing and feistiness was a potent combination.
Simply put, Alabama made mistakes. Lots of them. Their 14 penalties were the most a Tide team under Saban had ever committed in one game.
And if anyone was anywhere near the media coverage, they heard that 'Bama's missed 101 field goals under Saban's range.
The latest one was damn near cruel:
On the bright side, at least the Tigers didn't return it for a coast-to-coast touchdown.
Besides, you'd think hitting a post would be worth more points. In theory, it's harder to do.
It's difficult to believe now, but this game was tied 10-10 Iwith less than six minutes left in the second quarter.
After that, there were
- two pick-sixes,
- seven other touchdowns,
- a controversial field goal late in the first half,
- the fateful doinked field goal, and finally,
- the substitution penalty that closed out the game.
Sit back and relax. All that's gonna take a while:
Some might say this depends on your point of view.
Former Tide OC and Saban whipping boy Lane Kiffin weighed in on the subject, as he is wont to do on all things Alabama:
According to some, though, it won't be for lack of trying:
Alabama still hasn’t defeated a Top 25 team this year. So I’m sure selection committee will move Tide up to No. 4 this week— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 1, 2019
Gary Danielson explaining why a two-loss Alabama team that didn't even win its division absolutely has to be part of the playoff picture pic.twitter.com/2KakFEqnaV— BUM CHILLUPS (@edsbs) December 1, 2019
While Auburn now sets its sights on another 10-win season based on a bowl victory, Alabama may have another challenge.
That'd be figuring out who's gonna be around for their bowl game. Gotta think a few dudes who have their sights set on the NFL Draft might wanna give an ordinary bowl a pass.
If so, they've just ended their college careers by being part of a game that was anything but ordinary.