Monday, October 01, 2007

FSU 21 Alabama 14

This was a very frustrating game to watch as a Bama fan, and we are hearing all about it this week on talk radio and in the paper. The offense was inept for the first 50 minutes of the game and had as many yards in the last few minutes as they had accumulated in the whole game up to that point. We showed very little ability to run the few times we tried. John Parker Wilson made several terrible throws and overlooked some other wide open receivers. We were tied 0-0 at the half due to a tremendous job by the defense, which had their back to the wall almost the entire half.

In the second half, the offense continued to sputter and the defensive backs made a couple of critical errors which resulted in easy touchdowns for FSU. John Parker Wilson proved effective, yet again, in the two minute offense. He almost put us in a position to win. His critical fumble deep in our own territory, after his protection had broken down, set up FSU for an easy score from 7 yards out. Then, with a little over a minute to go, it briefly looked like the Tide had recovered an onside kick. Unfortunately, the replay clearly showed the ball deflect off of Jimmy Johns' helmet before travelling the required 10 yards. The story of the game was that Alabama's offense produced too little too late.

Alabama notebook Huntsville Times
Season on brink for Tide
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After starting the season 3-0 and jumping to No. 16 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, things have swerved the wrong direction. The Tide has lost two straight and Saturday's 21-14 loss to Florida State was the first game this season in which Alabama has not led at any point.

'Bama gets dose of reality with 2 straight losses Sporting News
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Not so fast, Alabama.
The Crimson Tide's early surge back into the national rankings had all the makings of a dramatic turnaround, a 3-0 start that included a stirring comeback win over Arkansas. But back-to-back losses to Georgia and Florida State have brought a heavy dose of reality: This program might be on its way back, but it's not there yet. And that comes as no surprise to coach Nick Saban, who said he undertook a "building process" upon his hiring in January, not an overnight turnaround.


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