TUSCALOOSA (November 9, 2013), Ala. — As it proved, the fake punt might not have been absolutely necessity. But it was great, and fun, and it looked every bit like something Les Miles would loose. But Nick Saban?
“Coach has got a couple of ’em up his sleeve, too,” said Jarrick Williams, the junior defensive back who took a play from a linebacker and bolted 6 yards to convert first down, and then bewailed not getting more. “He shoe stringed me,” Williams said, “or I would have burst it.”
Alabama broke LSU anyway, and the 38-17 final score Saturday night was at once reflective of the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s dominance and deceptive, as well, because there was a point in the third quarter when the outcome was not certain, when if the Tigers smelled upset, the fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium did, too – and when Saban believed the fake punt was necessary.
“We didn’t want to give them the ball back, because we weren’t playing great on defense,” he said. ……………………………………………..Read More