Alabama Holds Off McCoy-Less Texas

Texas rallies without QB, but Crimson Tide wins 37-21
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2010 11:07 PM CST
Alabama Holds Off McCoy-Less Texas
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) suffered a shoulder injury when he was tackled by Alabama defenders on this first-quarter play.   (AP Photo)

Top-ranked Alabama rolled out to a big lead after No. 2 Texas lost star quarterback Colt McCoy on its first offensive series, and the Crimson Tide held off a furious second-half rally in a 37-21 victory that won the school its 13th national college football championship. McCoy, a Heisman Trophy finalist, suffered a shoulder injury and was replaced by freshman Garrett Gilbert.

Gilbert got Texas (12-1) within 24-21 after trailing 24-6, but fumbled inside his own 10 with three minutes left in the game. Alabama (13-0) recovered, and running back Mark Ingram, the Heisman winner, scored his second touchdown of the game a minute later to ice it. Alabama scored again in the final minute after Gilbert threw his third interception.
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