PASADENA, Calif. – Alabama was probably already on its way to winning the game there late in the second quarter.
But two coaching decisions likely ensured it.
Alabama's Nick Saban made the right call and Texas’ Mack Brown the wrong call.
Facing fourth-and-1 at the Texas 9, Saban elected to take the points and make it a two-score game, knowing full well that the Longhorns would have to play with backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert the rest of the way.
On the ensuing possession, with only 15 seconds left in the half, the Longhorns didn't take a knee. Instead, they tried a shovel pass that ended up in the hands of Alabama defensive end Marcell Dareus, and the big man showed a few moves on his way to a 28-yard touchdown.
At 24-6, this game looks all but over.