Take a look back at arguably the biggest play of Alabama’s loss to LSU back in November through today’s print story. Look below for video of the play in question.
TUSCALOOSA — Fluttering in the air for what seemed like a minute, one pass on one trick play defined the biggest game in SEC regular-season history.
Alabama was tied with LSU with more than 11 minutes left when Tide receiver Marquis Maze cocked back for the infamous and debatable throw of the season. A jump ball turned into an interception, and that ended what could’ve turned into the only touchdown drive of the game. The Tigers escaped with a 9-6 overtime win and their perfect record intact.
No, the momentum never returned for the Tide that Nov. 5 night. LSU safety Eric Reid made the play of the game when he wrestled the ball from Alabama tight end Michael Williams near the goal line.
A few fortunate bounces and upsets in the following weeks brought Alabama back from the depths and set up the Jan. 9 rematch with LSU in the BCS National Championship Game.
But the biggest play from Round 1 remains a conversation piece.
Maze, who threw from the Wildcat formation after faking the handoff, still questions the outcome of the play even though he said he has moved past it.
He thought it was a “bad call.”
“I think, Mike Williams, if both people have possession of the ball, the possession goes to the receiver,” Maze said Wednesday.
Officials on the field and the video replay booth disagreed with Maze’s assessment. The possession went to LSU, and the wind left Alabama’s sails. An overtime field goal won it as neither team found the end zone all night.
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