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Week 1 - #5 Alabama Opens Season in StyleCincinnati – The 5th ranked Crimson Tide opened the 2013 campaign on the road in a tough matchup with the Top 25 Bearcats. The Crimson Tide entered the season with several question marks on the offensive line and in the defensive secondary. But on this day none of those questions mattered as Alabama unleashed a very aggressive and stingy defense on Cincinnati. Alabama’s defense kept the Bearcat offense in check and only allowed Cincinnati to cross mid field 3 times the entire game. Cincinnati’s only threat to score was a 54 yard FG at the end of the 1st half that was wide left and short. As for the offense the Crimson Tide formally introduced the Bearcats and the rest of the nation to HB Eddie Lacy. Lacey had a career game in his first start for the Crimson Tide as he rushed for over 100 yards and scored 4 TDs. Lacey scored on runs of 54, 4 and 2 yards while also catching a TD pass from 8 yards to power Alabama to a 31-0 shutout win.
Alabama will have little time to bask in the win as they travel to Arizona to face Arizona State.
Week 2 - #5 Alabama out Duels Sun Devils for 48-37 winPhoenix – The 5th ranked Crimson Tide continued their road swing to being the year as they traveled to Phoenix Arizona to face the Arizona State Sun Devils in what turned into a Wild West shoot out. The Crimson Tide once again started strong and raced out to a early 21 point lead on the strength of a 26 yard interception return for a TD by LB Jeff Kelly, a 8 yard pass from McCarron to WR Joe Murray and a 1 yard run from Eddie Lacy.Arizona State tried to respond with a 42 yard FG but the Crimson Tide countered with what they thought was the knockout blow when Micheal Bowman raced 93 yards on the ensuing kickoff to increase Alabama’s lead to 28-3. But Arizona State showed signs that they were not done as they scored with 16 seconds left in the half to cut the Bama lead to 28-10. Both teams traded TDs in the 3rd quarter as the Crimson Tide started to substitute freely and began the 4th period with a 35-17 lead. The Crimson Tide tacked on 6 more points early in the final period with 41 and 40 yard FGs, but the Sun Devils offense finally ignited in the Hot Arizona sun and rattled off two quick scores to cut the lead to 41-31. But the Alabama reserves responded with a 39 yard run from HB Jim Dickerson which gave Alabama a little breathing room. Arizona State scored with 4 seconds remaining but it was too late and Alabama was able to slip out of Arizona with a 48-37 win.
For the Crimson Tide McCarron was 15 of 19 for 234 yards and 1 TD while Eddie Lacy finished with 52 yards on 1 carries. But the player of the game in a losing effort had to be Arizona State QB Nick Florence who ended the day 34 for 51 for 443 yards and 5 TDs.
Next week the Crimson Tide returns to the friendly confines of Bryant Denny Stadium as they welcome in the 3rd ranked Razorbacks in a match-up that could go a long way in deciding who will represent the West in Atlanta at the end of the year.
Week 3 - #4 Arkansas SIMS #6 Alabama out of T-TownTuscaloosa - Week 3 did not go very well for the Crimson Tide as Arkansas and Alabama faced off twice with the last attempt booting teh two teams from the game with Arkansas leading 31-14 with 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter. As frustrating as it is for the servers to drop you, that did not compare to the frustration that Arkansas and Coach I dished out to Coach 90's beloved Crimson Tide. The Alabama defense which had played so well this season had no answer for the Razorbacks option game. Also somewhere between Phoenix Arizona and Tuscaloosa the Crimson Tide defenders forgot how to tackle. When he meet the media after the game Coach 90 said "give all the credit to Arkansas and Coach I. They came to play and dominated us up front. I am proud of the way we continue to fight but it was a wake call for, as we realize that we have a long way to go before we can contend for the Conference Title."After the last drop Coach 90 conceded the win to Coach I and Arkansas simmed to a 38-17 win over Alabama.
Week 4 – Crimson Tide Takes Out Frustrations on WildcatsTuscaloosa – Coming off last week’s disappoint loss to Arkansas, the Crimson Tide was looking to rebound as Kentucky came to town. Unfortunately for Kentucky they came to Tuscaloosa only to find a frustrated Crimson Tide team. Alabama’s frustrations did not last long as McCarron connected with Kendall Kelly on a 60 yard TD strike on their first possession. The Alabama defense shut down everything Kentucky tried on offense and Alabama built a 31-0 halftime lead. Alabama scored on 2 rushing TDs from Eddie Lacy and McCarron and Kelly hooked up again this time from 58 yards out. In the 2nd half with 2nd and 3rd stringers playing for Bama, Kentucky scored on a 37 yard FG to avoid the shutout. The Crimson Tide ended the scoring for the day in the final quarter when Cade Foster connected on a 41 yard FG and Alabama ended the day much happier than they started it with the 34-3 win.The Crimson Tide will be off next week as they prepare for their week 6 trip to Athens to face the Georgia Bulldogs.
Week 6 - Crimson Tide Left Dazed and ConfusedAthens - Not much can be said expect that Coach DS and the Georgia Bulldogs completely dominated this game from start to finish. The Crimson Tide offense was completely confused out of sync and was physical dominated. All the credit goes to the Bulldogs and Coach DS as Alabama struggled from start to finish and all Coach Uagrad90 could say afterwords was "I am completely embarrassed by our performance but we will learn from this and we will get better".Next Game - Alabama returns home to face the USC Trojans and hopefully get back on the winning track.
Week 7 – Crimson Tide Offense Continues to Struggle Tuscaloosa – Coming off last weeks embarrassing shut out at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs the Crimson Tide was looking to rebound and get things point in the right direction. But unfortunately the opponent set to face Alabama for week 7 was the 17th ranked USC Trojans so any type of significant rebound would not come easy.
1st Quarter – The Crimson Tide continued its offensive struggles from last week as they found it very difficult to sustain any type of drive against the Trojans. But unlike last week the offense did not put the defense into bad situations so the Crimson Tide was able to slow down the USC offense and keep the Crimson Tide in the game. USC broke the scoreless tie with 23 seconds left in the quarter when Xavier Grimble hauled in a 9 yard TD pass, but the Trojan kicker missed the extra point.
2nd Quarter – Both defenses continued to dominate the action in the 2nd quarter but the Crimson Tide was able to generate a couple of drives that Alabama was able to convert into 31 and 43 yard FGs and tied the game at 6-6 going into halftime.
3rd Quarter – Again in the 3rd quarter the defense continued to control the game but the Crimson Tide finally started developing some consistency on offense and on the last play of the 3rd quarter Jim Dickerson sliced in over left guard to give the Crimson Tide a 13-6 lead.
4th Quarter – In the final quarter Alabama continued to play sound defense and the Crimson Tide offense moved the ball better but continued to falter once inside the red zone. Late in the game the Crimson Tide put the game for all practical purposes out of reach when Eddie Lacy scored on a 30 yard scamper and increase Alabama’s lead to 20-6.Post Game Stats – No one player stood out for the Crimson Tide as both teams struggled to take control of the game. For the Crimson Tide AJ McCarron was a rather unimpressive 14 of 26 for 201 yards. Eddie Lacy carried the bulk of the work with 23 carries for 85 yards and a TD while Kendall Kelly hauled in 5 pass for 80 yards.
Next Week – Next week the Crimson Tide returns to SEC action as they travel to Oxford to face the Ole Miss Rebels.
Week 9 – Tide Rocks VolsTuscaloosa – The Crimson Tide entered their annual grudge match with the Tennessee looking to prepare themselves for the home stretch run and to try and stay in the hunt for SEC West title. As usually there was no love lost as these two old bitter rivals squared off again in Tuscaloosa.
1st Quarter – After forcing a fumble on the Crimson Tide opening drive, the Vols quickly converted the mistake into points as Tyler Bray connected with Ted Meline for 11 yards and an early 7-0 lead. The Crimson Tide responded late in the first quarter when Jim Dickerson scored on a 3 yard run to end the 1st quarter at 7-7.2nd Quarter – In the 2nd quarter the Crimson Tide took control of the game as they scored 4 times and completely shut down the Vols offense. Alabama took the lead at 14-7 when AJ McCarron found Kendall Kelly open for a 68 yard TD strike. The Crimson Tide increased their lead to 21-7 when Dickerson scored for the 2nd time on the day with a 4 yard TD run. After a three and out from the Vols, McCarron found Kelly again this time from 28 yard out and increased the lead to 28-7. The Crimson Tide delivered the knockout blow with less than 30 seconds remaining when Michael Butler picked off a Bray pass and raced 27 yards for the TD and a 35-7 halftime lead.
3rd Quarter – For most of the quarter the two teams traded punts and field position, but the Crimson Tide finally broke the 3rd quarter drought when Dickerson scored his 3rd TD on a 3 yard run.
4th Quarter – The final quarter saw the Crimson Tide playing just about everyone on its roster which allowed the Vols to score two late TDs on 12 and 13 yard TD pass from Bray. 3rd string HB Mickey Murphy closed out the scoring for the Crimson Tide with a 41 yard TD run as the Crimson Tide wrapped up a dominating effort against the Vols 49-21.
Standout Players – For the Crimson Tide McCarron was 15-18 for 296 yards and 2 TDs. Mickey Murphy lead all rushers with 93 yards on 8 carries while Dickerson scored 3 TDs on 16 carries for 71 yards. Kendall Kelly led the Crimson Tide with 226 yards on 8 receptions and scored 2 TDs.
Next Week the Crimson Tide faces the LSU Tigers
Week 10 – Tide Can’t Hold Back #1 Ranked Tigers
Tuscaloosa – The Crimson Tide faced the #1 ranked Bengal Tigers from Louisianan State in hopes derailing their National Title run and hopefully keeping themselves in the SEC West race.Post Game Summary – This was a game we knew was going to be tough and we needed to play our best, minimize mistakes and take advantage of every opportunity that presented itself. Unfortunately the games started all wrong for the Tide. LSU returned the opening kickoff back 103 yards for a quick 7-0 lead. Offensively we started out to conservatively due to wanting to see what LSU would throw at us plus not wanting to dig the hole deeper. Fortunately the Bama defense played lights out in the first quarter as we kept LSU confused to what we were doing. But to their credit they began to figure out our plan and scored twice more in the 2nd quarter to put us is a 21-0 hole at the half. In the 3rd quarter we continued to trade punts but the Tide was final able to find the end zone late in the quarter. Unfortunately for the Tide the 4th quarter was a quarter where LSU and Alabama traded TD’s on 2 different occasions and we were never able to get closer than 14 points.Player of the Game – AJ McCarron led the Crimson Tide going 29 of 37 for 365 yards and 3 TDs.Next Week – Alabama travels to Starkville to hopefully get back on the winning track as they face the Miss State Bulldogs.
Week 11 – Crimson Tide Rebounds at Bulldogs ExpenseStarkville – The Crimson Tide faced a hungry Bulldog team that was looking to pull the upset. Sensing that there was blood in the water following last week’s loss to LSU, Miss State was primed and ready to pull the upset and hand the Crimson Tide another loss in the SEC West.Post Game Summary – This was started out tougher than was expected as Miss State ran an up-pace no huddle offense that kept the Crimson Tide off balance while the Bulldog defense kept the Alabama offense bottled up. After trading FG in the 1st quarter Alabama scored twice in the 2nd quarter and was looking to put the game away early until a huge hot on McCarron while passing turned into a 81 yard pick 6 for the Bulldogs. But the Crimson Tide settled down in the 2nd half and outscored State 14-3 as Alabama went to their run game to reduce the chances of mistakes like we saw in the 2nd quarter.Player of the Game – AJ McCarron once again led the Crimson Tide going 25 of 33 for 383 yards and 3 TDs. Eddie Lacy picked up 86 yards on 15 carries with most of these coming in the 2nd half.Next Week – Alabama returns home to face the Yellow Jackets from Georgia Tech.
Week 12 – Crimson Tide Tunes up for Auburn with Shut-Out of Yellow Jackets
Tuscaloosa – With a shown down against the Auburn Tigers looming on the horizon the Crimson Tide was looking get out of the Georgia Tech game with win and no injuries. The Alabama defense set the tone early with a 17 yard fumble return for a TD on the 2nd play of the game and never looked back after that. Alabama dominated the game as Eddie Lacy rushed for 139 yards and his backup Jim Dickerson rushed for another 112 yards. The game was all but over at the half as Alabama lead 24-0. After a 56 yard TD run by Lacy early in the 3rd quarter all the starters were removed and the Crimson Tide spent the rest of the game trying to preserve the shut-out.
Next Week the Crimson Tide travel to Jordan Hare to face the Auburn Tigers.
Week 13 – Crimson Tide falls in heartbreaker to AuburnAuburn – The Crimson Tide traveled to Auburn to face the high Tiger offense with hopes of slowing it down enough to stay in the game. What ensued was a classic defensive struggle that was decided by a few big plays. After a 1st quarter that was dominated by both defenses Auburn struck first when their new quarterback broke a tackle and raced 61 yards for the TD. Alabama responded with a nice drive that stalled deep in Tiger territory and Alabama settled for a 39 yard FG. Lighting struck again for Auburn late in the half when Micheal Dyer got lose with less than 30 seconds left in half and raced 81 yards to increase the Tiger lead to 14-3. The 3rd quarter was once again dominated by the defenses with the Auburn defense possible make the play of the game when Alabama had driven inside the 10 yard line and on 4th and inches elected to go for the 1st down instead of the easy FG. The Tigers front 7 blew up the Crimson Tide line and stuffed Eddie Lacy and denied the Crimson Tide the 1st down. The Auburn defense rose up again in the 4th quarter with Alabama facing a 4th and 7 inside the Tiger 20 with less than 3 minutes remaining as they once again denied the Crimson Tide the 1st down the were seeking. But the Alabama defense tried to save the day when they intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for the TD and with 1:48 remaining Alabama was within 3 at 14-11. But the Crimson Tide defense could not force the Tigers to punt and Auburn ran out the time and escaped with a 14-11 win over Alabama.
Next up for the Crimson Tide is awaiting to see what bowl invention they will receive.
Bowl Week – 19th Ranked Crimson Tide Hangs on to Win Chick-fil-A Bowl
Atlanta – The (8-4) Crimson Tide entered the Chick-fil-A bowl as a slight underdog to (9-3) Clemson while looking to build the foundation for the next season. After a disappointing 4th place finish in the SEC West the Crimson Tide coaching staff was looking for players who wanted work hard and ensure that the next season would be up the Alabama standards.
After winning the opening coin toss the Tigers marched 80 yards and scored on a 10 yard TD pass from Randy Porter and took an early 6-0 lead after the extra point was missed. The Crimson Tide looked sharp on their opening drive until AJ McCarron went down with a dislocated elbow and was lost for the game. But JR backup QB Vince Lucas stepped in and kept the Alabama drive moving and the Crimson Tide took the lead 7-6 when Eddie Lacy scored on a 3 yard TD run. The two teams played a scoreless 2nd quarter until Alabama put together a late drive which was capped off by a Eddie Lacy 1 yard run giving the Crimson Tide a 14-6 halftime lead.
In the 3rd quarter Alabama extended their lea to 21-6 when Lucas connected wit Kenny Bell on a 74 TD strike, but the cushion was short lived as Clemson responded and cut the lead to 21-13 on a 14 yard TD pass from Porter. In the final quarter Alabama added a 44 yard FG from Cade Foster before the Tigers tried to mount a comeback with a 7 yard pass from Porter but the 2 point conversion failed and Alabama held on for the 24-19 win. With the win Alabama wraps up their season at 9-4.
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