Alabama Edges Texas 55 Yard FG Seals Win Tuscaloosa, AL- Alabama and Texas met for the 2009 national title, and it was a bit anti-climactic. Alabama took out Colt McCoy, and true freshman Garrett Gilbert was unable to engineer an upset. The latest tilt between the two was much more exciting. After a weather hiccup forced a restart of the game, it turned into an all-time classic. Alabama started off well as TJ Yeldon ripped off a long 40 yard run to start the game, and Alabama was able to finish the drive off by hitting Yeldon for a 35 yard score on a screen pass to take a 7-0 lead. The Longhorns answered quickly, with David Ash finding MJ McFarland for a 16 yard TD and a 7 all tie. Alabama took a 14-7 lead on their next drive, when Yeldon ripped off a 67 yard scoring run and a 14-7 lead. Texas fumbled away the next posession and the Tide was able to bang home a FG with :41 left in the 1st. Texas pounded away at the Alabama defense and were able to put a second TD on the board when Johnathan Gray went in from 2 yards out to narrow the deficit to 14-7. Alabama scored the final 10 points of the half when Yeldon punched in his second rushing score of the day, and 3rd overall, from 8 yards out. And Josh Starks lifted a 44 yard field goal through at the end of the half. Alabama took a 27-14 lead into the third quarter, and they would need every bit of that cushion as the second half was all Texas. Jalen Overstreet scored on an 11 yard run just over 2 minutes into the half and narrowed the gap to 27-21. Alabama again needed the leg of Starks when Texas tightened up in the redzone and he came through for his third FG of the day, this time from 23 yards out with 1:20 left in the quarter. Texas answered very quickly when Ash found Kendall Sanders from the 36 yard line to narrow the gap even further at 30-28. Alabama kicked another field goal on the first drive of the fourth quarter to widen the gap to 33-28, and looked to salt the game away when David Ash threw an interception with just over a minute to go. The Longhorns used their timeouts, and came up with the stop they needed, forcing the lone Alabama punt of the game. Texas stormed down the field on just 3 plays, taking the lead at 35-33 with just :13 left and looked to have come back and won the game. But Alabama's redshirt freshman quarterback had other ideas. After a deep out route to move the ball near the 50 yard line Ingram found his slot WR on a short out route and he turned up field and got the Tide to the edge of Josh Starks FG range with :07 left. New offensive coordinator Gary Pinkel begged for one last play to get well within the range for the kicker, but Texas knocked it away with just :01 on the clock. Alabama lined up for a 55 yard field goal, and hoped that Starks would have the leg to put it through. The snap went back, the hold was good and Starks had just enough leg to eek the ball over the crossbar and send Alabama home the winner with a 36-35 win. For long time Alabama fans "The Kick II" brought back memories of "The Kick I" when Van Tiffin knocked home a long field goal to take down Auburn. The difference in the game was turnovers, 2 fumbles and an interception stopped Texas drives that looked to be scoring chances. And TJ Yeldon was the man all day carrying for 225 yards 2 TD's and scoring from 35 yards out on his only catch of the day. Texas used MJ McFarland and Marcus Johnson to perfection all day and they had 192 of Ash's 277 yards. Johnathan Gray was no slouch either with 15 carries for 129 yards. Great Game MaxATX34. I'm looking forward to the next one.