Sugar Bowl: How will Alabama recover from 'Kick Six'?

COMMENTARY — The Crimson Tide talks about its historic loss to Auburn, and how it plans to rebound.
by Berry Tramel Published: December 31, 2013

OU's Sugar Bowl hopes could hinge on Alabama's mental recovery. How does a crestfallen team rally? How does a team that knows how close it came to history get up for this game?

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Davis ran very fast en route to his heroics. Except in Tide eyes. In Tide eyes, the whole thing slowed to a crawl.

Linebacker Trey DePriest: “Slow motion to me. He caught the ball and he was running, I really couldn't believe it, either. I was just shocked as everyone else. I knew what was happening. I didn't want to believe it.”

Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: “It was very crazy. It kind of went in slow motion, that last play. My whole life went in slow motion as I seen the guy run down the sideline.”

Alabama coaches saw Davis go deep. They knew it was a possibility. Knew that if Griffith's kick came up short, a sprinter could be running in the open field against a bunch of Bama lumberjacks, since girth is a requirement to block for a field goal.

“Obviously before the timeout, we all saw, as coaches, the return guy back there,” Smart said. “So the emphasis was put on covering the kick, because we knew there was a possibility if it didn't get through the end zone they would have a chance to return it.

“So to see him catch it and get past that first wave, it was over about the 50. It went from surreal to sickening.”

Thus comes Alabama's New Orleans mission. Don't let that fluky play beat you twice.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The...
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