4 Things that Defined Ohio State-Bama

All State Sugar Bowl - Alabama v Ohio State

Blake Sims’ INT in the red zone late in the second half

  • Sims had his tight end OPEN and yet he threw a flat pass (pictured above), which was easily picked off and killed a potential TD drive that could’ve turned into a razor-thin Bama lead.

Absence of the run game

  • With only TJ Yeldon to carry the ball consistently, with backup Henry not completely healthy, Kiffin stuck with the passing game and didn’t use a lot of time on the clock.
  • That hurt Bama’s defense, which was tired of having to chase Ohio State around the field.
  • This also let Ohio State dictate the pace of the game.

Bama’s BAD 3rd down conversion rate

  • Bama went 2-for-13 in the game, when Ohio State went 10-for-18!
  • You don’t win games with stats like those.

Cardale Jones’ precise TD throw to Devin Smith to the front corner of the end zone

  • He showed why he went to OSU and how good he really is.
  • Jones threw it to where his receiver Devin Smith could be the only one to get it. WOW!
  • Side note: I’m loving this potential QB controversy in the brewing with THREE starting quarterbacks for the Buckeyes!

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About Spencer Irvine

Fun loving, D.C. area sports fan, which means I'm frustrated and still can't get a grip on what a win truly means (or a championship for that matter).

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