Only crybabies whine about losing the game to the refs.
There were at least three big BS calls in the Bama/LSU game.
The "interception" when LSU took it out of Bama's hands after being down, the "holding" LSU had when he horse-collared someone, and the "blocking the back" against Bama on our interception.
Well, that's not exactly fair. It's always legitimate to complain about legitimately bad calls. And when two teams are this evenly matched, then one call can determine the outcome.
However, I don't think this game was determined by the officials' calls, but rather by our own play calls. Why are we trying field goals from 40+ yards when we don't have a kicker who can kick one over 35? Punt the ball and pin them deep, and then let our #1 defense have an opportunity to cause a turnover and possibly score on a defensive play! That really frustrated me.
Also, we didn't give Trent enough opportunities. He only touched the ball about 3 times in the third quarter. And in the fourth, when we were finally wearing their D-line down and Trent had just broken a run for 20+ yards, we decide to try some trick play that resulted in an INT. So, Nick Saban has to own this one (and I wouldn't trade him for anyone in the world).
Now, let me address Aindriu's concerns:
1. The "interception":
I personally think that Michael Williams caught the ball. But as I constantly instruct my sons when I coach them, if you get two hands on the ball then you HAVE to secure it. Especially when you know that the refs may be looking for any opportunity NOT to give you the benefit of the doubt, you have to do everything in your power to deny them that opportunity. Yes, our guy caught the ball; but he gave the refs the opportunity to deny him that catch. You have to tuck that ball away and remove all doubt. So, I can't blame the outcome of the game on that call.
2. The "holding" call
: One of the most disgraceful displays from an athlete that I've ever seen. I think the kid should have been thrown out of the game. Should have been a 30 yard penalty- 15 yards for holding and another 15 yards for a personal foul. Another thing that really irritated me was how Gary Danielson kept calling the deliberate cheap shot (which sent Dre Kirkpatrick out of the game with a shoulder injury and a concussion) a "mistake." Unbelievable!
3. The "block in the back" on our INT return
: A good call. We did indeed clip on that play- not only once, but twice.