A few years ago, at SEC media days, Nick Saban told the assembled media that “there are five or six plays that can define a season and make a difference.” The key to winning consistently, he said, is to be able to create those opportunities and take advantage of them when they arrive.
On Saturday, Jalen Hurts made those plays. His first, and most obvious, resulted in the lone touchdown of the game, a 21-yard trot on third-and-9 to put Alabama in front. Hurts makes a brilliant decision to keep the ball If Alabama goes on to win the national championship this year – even if it doesn’t – that will be the moment when Hurts’ legend truly took hold.
The second, nearly as important though not as heralded, came on Alabama’s next drive. Facing third-and-9 on a play designed to set up a field goal and play it safe, Hurts scrambled for a first down. His talent sustained the drive and broke LSU’s back effectively ending the game.
What they’re saying nationally
- Alabama remains No. 1 in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll.
- ESPN’s Ryan McGee: Alabama-LSU was as old-school as they come.
- USAToday’s Dan Wolken: ‘Bad news for Alabama opponents: Hurts not cracking under pressure.’
- But CBS Sports’ Jon Solomon wants to see more development from Hurts as a passer.
- Yahoo’s Pat Forde: ‘Kiffin’s offense was barely more useful than a hood ornament.’
- Christopher Novak at SBNation: ‘Alabama is that damn good.‘
- CBS Sports’ Rob Rang examines Tim Williams’ role in Alabama’s defense.
- Washington Post’s Chuck Culpepper: The game ‘turned on something big and familiar: Alabama’s prowess.‘
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Built By Bama
— NFL (@NFL) November 6, 2016
In a familiar sight for Alabama fans, Kenyan Drake returned a touchdown 96 yards to win the game for Miami.
- T.J. Yeldon finished with 33 yards on seven carries and five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown in Jacksonville’s 19-14 loss to Kansas City.
- Landon Collins finished with 12 tackles, a sack and an interception in the Giants’ 28-23 win over Philadelphia.
- Mark Ingram bounced back from being benched to post 158 yards and touchdown on 15 carries and 13 yards and a touchdown on two catches.
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) November 6, 2016
Around the Capstone
- Volleyball beat Arkansas in four sets on Sunday. They’ll host Auburn on Wednesday.
- Women’s tennis posted 15 victories in its final tournament of the fall.
- Men’s tennis won 20 at the tournament it hosted this weekend.
- And finally, rowing had four top-10 finishes at the Head of the Hooch regatta this weekend.