College Football Belt - 2009 Alabama vs Texas
 

Alabama

Crimson Tide

Texas

Longhorns

BCS Championship

Played January 7, 2010

at the Rose Bowl

Pasadena, California

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Alabama 5 21 7 0 .750 9 5 0 .643 8 1 0 .889 4 1 0 .800
Texas 3 5 3 0 .625 3 2 0 .600 0 1 0 .000 2 0 0 1.000

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Alabama

0 24 0 13 37

Texas

6 0 7 8 21

 

 

The top-ranked, 13-0 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Nick Saban brought The Belt to the BCS Championship game to meet the 2nd ranked, 13-0 Texas Longhorns of coach Mack Brown.  The hard running of Alabama's Heisman Trophy winning RB Mark Ingram & RB Trent Richardson helped the Crimson Tide retain the title with a 37-21 win.  Texas was led by All-American QB Colt McCoy, who twice before in his career had been a Belt champion but the game changed on the Longhorns first possession when McCoy was knocked out by a shoulder injury.  Alabama's opening possession was anything but dominate as Ingram was held for no gain, QB Greg McElroy was sacked for an 8 yard loss, & his third down pass fell incomplete.  With Texas' defense fired-up by the quick series, Saban made a call that could have been fatal for his team.  The Crimson Tide's P P.J. Fitzgerald tried to pass on a fake punt but his throw was intercepted by Texas' Blake Gideon giving the Longhorns the ball at the Alabama 37-yard line as McCoy went to work.  Four plays later, McCoy took a first down, shot-gun snap from the Crimson Tide's 11-yard line in ran to his left on a quarterback option.  He was hit at the line of scrimmage by Alabama's DE Marcell Dareus & held for no gain but the result of the play was much more important than the lack of yardage as McCoy immediately took himself out of the game with what appeared to be a separated shoulder.  Texas' back-up QB Garret Gilbert, a freshman with limited playing time, was unable to move the Longhorns & PK Hunter Lawrence kicked an 18-yard field goal.  While Texas led 3-0 it was Alabama that had to feel better about the situation as the set-up to receive the kick-off.  The kick was a short one that fell in front of the charging Crimson Tide receiver & was eventually recovered by the Longhorns at the Alabama 30-yard line.  Gilbert was unable to move Texas' offense but Lawrence added his second field goal, this one from 42 yards, as the Longhorns took a 6-0 lead midway through the 1st quarter.  The Texas defense held firm through the rest of the quarter but the Longhorns' offense still appeared stunned without their senior leader McCoy.  Late in the quarter, the Crimson Tide turned to their Ingram to ignite what had been a stagnant offense.  The running back accounted for 30 of the 57 yards on  the 7-play drive with the touchdown coming on 2-yard run on the second play of the 2nd quarter giving Alabama a 7-6 lead.  The defenses continued to dominate with the Crimson Tide winning the field position battle as Texas seemed to back-up a little bit on each punt attempt.  With Alabama taking possession at the Longhorns' 49-yard line midway through the quarter, Richardson broke free on a second down play running the 49 yards for a touchdown that gave the Crimson Tide a 14-6 advantage.  Alabama's All-American CB Javier Arenas returned a punt 12 yards giving the Crimson Tide the ball at the Texas 29-yard line.  Alabama drove to the Longhorns' 1-yard line with 0:33 left in the half before deciding to have All-American PK Leigh Tiffin kick a 26-yard field goal for a 17-6 lead.  After the kick-off, a 9-yard run by Texas' RB Tre Newton & a timeout with 0:15 left Gilbert tried an inside screen pass that bounced off the hands of the receiver.  Dareus ended up with the ball, stiff-armed Gilbert to the ground, & carrying 28 yards for a 24-6 Alabama lead.  Both teams defenses dominated the 3rd quarter until Gilbert connected on a 44-yard touchdown pass to All-American WR Jordan Shipley leaving the Longhorns trailing 24-13 as the 4th quarter started.  Tiffin missed a 52-yard field goal attempt early in the final quarter & the touchdown pass by Gilbert seemed to settle him into the Texas offense.  Gilbert drove the Longhorns' offense 65 yards in 9 plays finding Shipley on a 28-yard touchdown pass as Texas closed to 24-21 after the 2-point conversion pass from Gilbert to WR Dan Buckner.  Again, the Longhorns' defense held firm & got Gilbert the ball back at the Texas 7-yard line with 3:14 to play.  After Alabama was called for a defensive holding penalty that move the ball to the 17-yard line, Gilbert dropped to pass but was sacked by the Crimson Tide's LB Eryk Anders & Gilbert's fumble was recovered by Alabama's LB Courtney Upshaw at the Texas 3-yard line.  It took 3 plays for Ingram to cross the goal line & seal the Crimson Tide's victory.  Arenas' intecepted Gilbert one more time with 1:48 to play setting up Richardson for a 2-yard touchdown run for the final points.  McElroy finished with just 58 yards passing will Ingram added 116 yards rushing & Richardson 109 yards rushing to their 4 touchdown runs.  Gilbert finished with 186 yards passing with 2 touchdowns but 4 interceptions while Shipley had 10 receptions for 122 yards with his 2 scores.  Alabama finished the season 14-0, National Champions, & BCS Champions while the Longhorns finished 13-1, ranked 2nd nationally.  Texas would played for The Belt again in 2012.

 

 

 

Alabama Game Stats Texas Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Mark Ingram 22 116 2 5.27 Tre Newton 14 39 0 2.79
Trent Richardson 19 109 2 5.74 D.J. Monroe 3 33 0 11.00
Roy Upchurch 2 9 0 4.50 John Chiles 1 8 0 8.00
Greg McElroy 7 -27 0 -3.86 Foswhitt Whittaker 1 5 0 5.00
          Cody Johnson 3 2 0 0.67
          Colt McCoy 1 0 0 0.00
          Garret Gilbert 5 -6 0 -1.20
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Greg McElroy 11 6 0 58 0 Garret Gilbert 40 15 4 186 2
P.J. Fitzgerald 1 0 1 0 0 Colt McCoy 2 2 0 5 0
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Julio Jones 1 23 0 23.00 Jordan Shipley 10 122 2 12.20
Trent Richardson 2 19 0 9.50 Marquis Goodwin 3 70 0 23.33
Mark Ingram 2 12 0 6.00 Malcolm Williams 1 4 0 4.00
Marquis Maze 1 4 0 4.00 Tre Newton 2 2 0 1.00
          Dan Buckner 1 -3 0 -3.00

 

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