Lacy Looks Ahead, Not Back At Loss

Everyone in the Alabama football camp is looking ahead, not back at the loss to Texas A&M that ended the Crimson Tide's chance at an undefeated season. But it's hard to forget that Bama basically eschewed the use of a powerful weapon when the Tide had first and goal at the Aggies six-yard line with four minutes to play and down five points.

Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy is built for the tough yardage runs. To be sure, Texas A&M was stacked up to prevent what almost every one expected, Lacy running between the tackles. Once, twice, three times, maybe four times to get six yards and a likely victory.

Of course, that didn't happen. And for some reason, the only question raised was on a fourth down pass call from the two-yard line, a pass that was intercepted.

Going into that final series against the Aggies, Bama had scored 39 times on 41 Red Zone trips. The Tide had scored 30 touchdowns, 20 rushing.

Lacy, who had 16 rushes for 92 yards (just under six yards per carry) got one chance, a second down stretch play to the left side on which he was smothered. Three of the four plays were called passes, two ending in scrambles by quarterback A.J. McCarron.

Lacy gave credit to Texas A&M for playing a physical game. "It was a typical Saturday," Lacy said. "You're going to get hit a lot and you try to give out most of the hits so whenever you hit each other, it's not just you getting hit. You're dishing it out. That's what I try to do a lot."

There was a point in the game when Lacy took a hard hit to the head.

"It was a bad hit, a pretty bad hit," he said. "My neck still hurts a little bit, but I'm rehabbing it and it's getting better."

Lacy said he wasn't groggy. "It was just more pain than anything," he said.

He also said that A&M played his one run on Bama's final series well. "They slanted a lot," he said. "There was no where to go to get to the outside, and no cutback lanes, so they played that play pretty close to perfect."

The easy analysis of the Alabama loss is that A&M went up 20-0 while Alabama's offense was going three-and-out with the exception of one 18-yard run by Lacy.

Lacy said the game wasn't over at 20-0. "It happened real early in the game and we knew it was a four-quarter game, so we had enough time to come back," he said, "but we had to be poised in how we did it. We stayed poised and fought back into the game."

A problem, Lacy agreed, is that Alabama has been slow offensively in the third quarter of games this year.

Lacy doesn't know why Bama has been sluggish in the third quarter. "It's just something we have to continue to work on and continue to push ourselves in practice so we can play in the third quarter the way we're supposed to," he said. "I'm pretty sure this week we're going to make a big emphasis on it."

The week began Monday with a very light day, primarily mental work as Alabama will host Western Carolina at 11:21 a.m. Saturday. The Catamounts are 1-9. The game will be televised on the SEC Network. Alabama is 9-1 and ranked among the nation's top five teams.

Last year Alabama lost a November game and still managed to crawl back into the national championship game, where the Crimson Tide defeated LSU to win the crown.

Lacy isn't watching other games to see if Bama can find the back door again this year and play in the BCS National Championship Game in Miami.

He said, "We're just focused on now and what we have ahead, not on Miami. If we take care of everything, Miami will take care of itself.

"Just finish. If we finish the rest of the games we have left, then, hopefully, we'll have the same chance we had last year to play for the national championship. But we have to take it one day at a time and one week at a time and see what happens."

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