This right here is a great write-up of how Eryk Anders blew up the Texas football program. Ahhh this is a good memory:
With 3:08 remaining in the game, Alabama’s 18-point halftime lead had been reduced to a mere 24-21 advantage. UT had the ball at its own 17-yard line. Anders said he believes the Longhorns had no chance of mounting a game-winning or tying drive against the Crimson Tide’s vaunted defense, but Gilbert had proven himself capable.
He’d completed 10 of his last 14 passes for 120 yards, and on his previous possession had marched the Longhorns 65 yards for a touchdown. Even if he couldn’t reach the end zone again, all he needed was 50 yards to put UT within Hunter Lawrence’s field-goal range to force overtime.
But as the Longhorns lined up in a five-receiver formation, Alabama’s defense called an audible. Anders stood in front of UT’s left inside receiver Dan Buckner as if he was going to cover him, but blitzed Gilbert instead.
Earlier, the Crimson Tide had twice run a similar play from Gilbert’s right, with Mark Barron on the blitz. In both of those instances, Gilbert recognized it and avoided the sack. This time, though, Anders was coming from his blind side.
“Their tackle (Adam Ulatoski) wasn’t even looking at me,” Anders said. “And Gilbert’s back was to me. He never saw me. I said, ‘Oh my goodness, it’s too good to be true.’”
That’s right. Too good to be true.
It’s easy to hang Texas’ woes on Anders. Right or wrong, I don’t really care. What I do know is Anders saved Bama’s bacon.
Texas clearly had the hot hand and the momentum at the time and the Tide’s 24-21 lead looked pretty iffy. But that all changed in the blink of an eye…