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The play-calling might have been bad / questionable, but we pretty much dominated them in every way possible.
My personal feeling is they felt their offensive game plan (such as it was) was their best chance of moving the ball and scoring on us. When we were only scoring field goals, just one punt or kickoff return or one lucky play on offense could have put them back in the game. They just didn't want to make a big offensive mistake (i.e. a stupid / risky throw). When it became clear they were running out of time and we were still hammering them, it seems like they just wanted to keep the score as low as possible. In addition to not putting in JL "1 TD to 7 INTs against Bama", they were also running the play clock down before calling a conservative play. They seemed to concede defeat and just wanted to minimize our scoring.
There is no way to spin it for them. We out prepared them, out coached them, out played them, etc. Our cheerleaders were prettier, our band played better, our fans were louder, and our waterboys were clearly superior. I think we dealt them a MUCH bigger blow than just a loss in the championship game. We will see in the coming years.
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