This falls on Saban. First and goal at the 5, and you go shotgun? Gotta ram it down their throats there. Set up the whole series for failure.
More importantly, this team was terribly unprepared for this game. TAMU's game plan was nothing new for them. They've been doing it all year. To be unprepared for the hurry up, botching defensive substitutions and wasting timeouts, is inexcusable for a coach of Saban's caliber. Epic fail.
Like everyone else I'm disappointed, but also proud of the team, whose efforts this season remind me of the following quote:
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.
On the preparation - who was it they played, either last year or earlier this year - that had the no-huddle offense? That didn't seem to throw the defense the way it did earlier. Defense did tire out, both mentally and physically. And our offense hasn't played as well-prepared and capable a defense as A & M.
Glad I wasn't in the locker room after!
Missouri runs the no-huddle spread offense, but their quarterback has been playing through various injuries this year. The contrast between the two games provides a great example of the often expressed notion that if you are going to run a no-huddle spread offense, you must have a quarterback operating at a very high level. Really wish Johnny football had gone to Missouri!!! He looked like Robert Griffin when he was at Baylor.