COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Miscommunication muddled Alabama’s plan of attack on fourth-and-2 late in the third quarter of the Tide’s 41-23 win over Texas A&M.
Nursing a 28-20 lead, quarterback Jake Coker did not break the huddle until 10 seconds remained on the play clock, and the team looked frazzled as it headed to the line.
Seeing this, coach Nick Saban began walking toward a side judge and signaling for a timeout.
But offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin would not allow it; he stepped in front of Saban so the official could not see the hand motion.
Lane Kiffin blocked Nick Saban out of calling a timeout and it worked! pic.twitter.com/Zy2k4Rh75D
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Alabama ran the play — a fake fullback dive right, pitch left to Derrick Henry — and picked up the first down en route to producing a 32-yard Adam Griffith field goal. The Tide went up, 31-20, and the Aggies did not get within one score for the remainder of the game.
“It was a good play,” Saban said afterwards, not acknowledging the failed timeout. “But it was a risky play.”