TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Here’s how the Tide’s last offensive series went in Saturday’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M:
1-10, UA 40, AJ McCarron to Kenny Bell for 54 yards
1-goal, TAMU 6, McCarron rush over left tackle for no gain
2-goal, TAMU 6, Eddie Lacy rush over left end for 1 yards
3-goal, TAMU 5, McCarron rush up the middle for 3 yards
4-goal, TAMU 2, McCarron pass to right intercepted by Deshazor Everett
Now here’s the story:
Afterward, Nick Saban was asked if he thought about running the ball on the fourth down play.
“If we would have run it you would be asking me why we didn’t throw it,” Saban said.
Saban added, “We didn’t get the play executed. I’m not going to criticize the call, but I’m like everybody else when it doesn’t work, I wish we would have done something else.”
AJ McCarron said the play was designed to run quickly.
“It’s a one-hit wonder,” he said. “On three steps, I throw it. The guy got underneath and got it.”
McCarron thought the previous play was a big missed opportunity.
As the Crimson Tide faced third-and-goal at the Texas A&M 5, McCarron dropped back to pass but ended up scrambling. He got tripped up as he headed toward the end zone, and the Aggies’ Dustin Harris hit him head on and dropped him at the 2-yard line.
“I thought I was going to score there,” McCarron said. “If that guy hadn’t tripped me up, I think I would have.”
On the next play, Alabama ran a quick out.
“That is a play that we worked on,” Saban said. “It was a pick play. They were in man-to-man. The guy that had the first guy is the guy who took the guy in the flats. They kind of pushed it off. We didn’t execute the pick well enough and didn’t get the play executed.”
When Tide running back Eddie Lacy, who had a team-high 92 yards on 16 carries, was asked if he wished a running play had been called, he said, “I’m pretty sure anybody who had the ball would wish that. It is what it is.”