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January 8, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Sweet Colt Alabama? Don't start. Don't even start. The Crimson Lie? Don't you dare, not here, not now, not with a whole mess of Longhorns still sprawled across a wet Pasadena lawn, the eyes of Texas blackened and bloodshot. Tainted, this ain't. Alabama's 37-21 victory over Texas in the Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl on Thursday night was fair and square, even if raised a little hair. Or, as tackle Drew Davis later shouted defiantly through a crowded locker room hallway, "C'mon, man!
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January 8, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
Alabama won the Bowl Championship Series national title Thursday night, 37-21, using two jarring back blows to two Texas quarterbacks to turn the Rose Bowl into Crimson, clover and game over. Two back shots is what it took, one at the beginning and one near the end. Defensive end Marcell Dareus knocked Texas starter Colt McCoy out with a right shoulder injury on the Longhorns' fifth play -- ripping the spark plug out of Texas' engine. "I really didn't try to hit him that hard," Dareus said.
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January 8, 2010 | By Ben Bolch
Eryk Anders wouldn't have been there for Alabama if his father wasn't around when he needed someone most. After the Crimson Tide linebacker didn't play during Alabama's Independence Bowl victory over Colorado in 2007, his father pleaded with him to stick with the program. Hours later, Gayle Anders died of an apparent heart attack. His father's words still resonating more than two years later, the senior made one of the biggest plays in Alabama's 37-21 victory over Texas on Thursday night at the Rose Bowl in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
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January 7, 2010 | By Chris Foster
For those who might think Texas' Hunter Lawrence doesn't have a prayer of kicking another game-winning field-goal in tonight's Bowl Championship Series title game, here's a news flash: He does. Lawrence, a senior, lined up for a 46-yard field goal with one second left against Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference championship game. All that was on the line there was a chance to later play for the national title. Before the snap, holder Jordan Shipley turned to his kicker. "He said you are going to make this, and then quoted scripture, Jeremiah 17:7," Lawrence recalled this week.
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January 7, 2010
Texas will win the national championship because, in La-La land, people like scripts that come full circle, having their fortunes told and Jupiter aligned with Mars. There are too many coincidences to think it can go any other way -- at least that's what the palm reader said. Four years ago, at the Rose Bowl, Texas defeated USC to win the national title. Before trotting onto the field to lead Texas on the game-winning drive, quarterback Vince Young turned to a skinny redshirt freshman holding a clipboard and told him to pay attention because he was going to be in this position someday.
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January 7, 2010
Say what you will about the Bowl Championship Series, but this is a worthy matchup for the national title. Alabama is seeking its first BCS championship. Texas defeated USC in the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl four years ago. Times staff writer Gary Klein looks at some of the game's key issues and matchups. Wait a minute Quarterbacks usually start off the preview, so consider this a tip of the hat to the defenses that are expected to dictate the outcome. Coordinators for both teams were members of Alabama Coach Nick Saban's former staff at Louisiana State.
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January 7, 2010
Texas offense vs. Alabama defense Texas doesn't have much of a running game, so trying to force the issue against the Crimson Tide's massive defensive front doesn't make much sense. Look for Texas to use screen passes and quarterback Colt McCoy's legs to loosen things up. Alabama offense vs. Texas defense The game's most intriguing matchup, as Alabama throws its Heisman Trophy winning running back, Mark Ingram, against the nation's No. 1 team against the run. If Texas wins this battle, Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will have to step up his game a bit. Special teams How are you going to rattle Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence?
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January 7, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
It's an esteemed clash. It's a coveted crown. It's also a manifestation of a mess and a culmination of kooky. Unlike title bouts in other sports, college football's Bowl Championship Series title game is both myth and magic, filled with as much mirth as meaning. First, it's not a true championship, because it is not the result of a true playoff. Second, it's not a true test of champions, seeing as it's played between teams that have not competed in a real game in more than a month.
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January 7, 2010 | By Sam Farmer
Both Alabama and Texas have several NFL prospects on their rosters. Three pro evaluators -- Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com, and an NFL team scout who spoke on condition of anonymity -- gave their opinions on some players to watch and where they might be selected in April's draft: Texas quarterback Colt McCoy: Mayock said he was impressed by McCoy's tape, particularly against Texas A&M, which uses defensive schemes that are scaled-down versions of NFL defenses.
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January 7, 2010 | By Chris Foster
If familiarity is a factor, Texas would have an edge over Alabama in tonight's Bowl Championship Series title game. Will Muschamp, Texas' defensive coordinator and head-coach-in-waiting, worked with Alabama Coach Nick Saban for three years at Louisiana State and another with the NFL's Miami Dolphins. Major Applewhite, Texas' running backs coach, was Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama in 2007. That means both coaches should be well versed with the strategies Saban and the Crimson Tide might like to employ.
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