Texas coach Mac Brown went on to make one of the worst coaching decisions of his career. In the words of Lee Corso of ESPN, "Who the hell goes for it with 15 seconds left in the half against the number one defense?"
Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram said after the game that nobody in the country can argue that Alabama didn't deserve to win the National Championship. Wrong. Alabama did not deserve to win facing a true freshman quarterback with no game experience. Texas did not deserve to lose the best quarterback in college football this season. The Tide won the game the only way they could; without Colt McCoy leading the Longhorns.
Texas showed the nation that they are a great football team. I believe with McCoy playing the entire game healthy, Texas would have been crowned the National Champion for the second time in Pasadena. But it was not to be. Alabama is a deserving champion from the best top to bottom conference in college football. The Big 12 is the only conference that matches the speed and athleticism of the SEC.
However, the Longhorns were disrespected for over a month in the media and by the betting public. Everyone remembers the last game Texas played. The Horns struggled to defeat Nebraska 13-12 to win the Big 12 Conference Championship. Everyone forgets that a bad 3-3 Tennessee missed a 44 yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the game. That FG would have ruined Alabama's regular season in Tuscaloosa. The Crimson Tide escaped with a 12-10 victory.
McCoy goes down as one of the best college football quarterbacks to never win a national championship. The last two quarterbacks with the winning-est records in college football history did not win a national championship either. They were David Greene of Georgia and Peyton Manning of Tennessee. One went on to become one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks in history. The other retired following the 2008 NFL season, having never played in a regular season game.
In the Fall, Alabama returns most of its starters, including quarterback Greg McElroy who won a 5A state championship for DFW area, Southlake Carroll High School. Texas will have another great recruiting class, including Colt McCoy's brother Case, the Longhorn QB of the future. We saw true freshman Garrett Gilbert's future tonight; career backup . The Longhorns will not be poised to return to the BCS game next year. Alabama will be for sure.
It's anybody's guess as to whether Colt McCoy will end up as Peyton Manning or David Greene, or somewhere in between.