Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Hangover: Western Kentucky

On the surface, 35 to 0 looks like the Crimson Tide had a great game. 

They didn't. 

The positives are that McCarron tossed two touchdowns apiece to wide receivers Norwood and Jones, and the Tide defense was opportunistic with takeaways. 

So let's move on to the negatives. 

In the fourth quarter, Jalston Fowler, had to be carted off the field with a left knee injury. He's one of my favorite guys to watch tote the rock and they've been using him inventively as a fullback in the I formation to block and catch passes, but I suspect he's out for the season. Kenyan Drake, a true freshman RB who scored a touchdown at the end of the game, will likely get more opportunities. 

McCarron got sacked six times. To consider how this stat is important, consider how Louisiana-Monroe knocked Arkansas' Tyler Wilson out of the game last night. 

The Crimson Tide defense looked soft against the run, gave up too many third down conversions, and a lot of passes were completed over the middle of the field. Overall, the Hilltoppers moved the ball too well for my liking. If it weren't for the three forced fumbles by linebackers Johnson, Hubbard, and Dickson, this game wouldn't have been a shutout. 

Also, the Tide didn't run the ball very well. 

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