We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

Trick plays, failed trick plays, and a freshman QB thrust into the spotlight. Let's take a look at the storylines and screengrabs of the night.

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

It could have been one of the greatest sports stories ever. Star QB goes down, and untested freshmen steps in to lead his team to glory. Except the Matt Saracen role for Texas was played by...

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

Garrett Gilbert, the gawky 18-year-old. Should I be the one to say it? That instead of running up the score, Mack Brown should've gotten his backup QB some reps this year?

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

Alabama had a little secret on their sidelines. (Thanks to reader Patrick)

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

Balloon penis hat? Balloon penis hat. (Thanks to reader Ryan)

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

Actual quote: "A Cole Porter classic originally recorded in the Blues style. Now here's the Bette Midler version..."

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus


In perhaps the game's most exciting moment, noted rudo El Guapo Oro made an unscheduled appearance on the field.

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

Greg McElroy went prospecting for gold. He would end up with a crystal egg. (Thanks to reader Matt)

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus


At first Gilbert looked like this.

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

Then his voice dropped two octaves, his balls dropped two feet, and he threw two TDs to bring it back within three.

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

The comeback visibly excited an unknown Texas coach. (Thanks to reader Derek)

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

But a key fumble ended all hopes of a Disney move based on Garrett Gilbert. He also threw four INTs.

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

Mark Ingram finished that sucker off, rushing for 116 yards and 2 scores — and the game's offensive MVP award. That's what a Heisman winner should do.

We Wanted A Game; We Got A Circus

And that was that. Would the game have played out different with Colt McCoy in there? Sure. But let's not forget that the Texas defense, which supposedly carried the load, gave up 37 points. Congrats to Alabama. Now bring on Boise State?