PASADENA, Calif. -- After overcoming obstacles throughout the game, Texas' late hope was undone by a pair of critical late mistakes by freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert.
The Crimson Tide took advantage of a short field after a blindside sack by linebacker Eryk Anders. The fumble was recovered by Courtney Upshaw at the Texas 3.
On the ensuing drive, Javier Arenas returned an interception to the Texas 27 that led to a 2-yard TD run by Trent Richardson with 47 seconds left.
And Tyrone King produced the final interception with a pick at the Alabam 31 with 26 seconds left.
Those two late scores make the final margin of victory for the Crimson Tide a little misleading.
The Longhorns had a chance to take the lead with 3 minutes left before the sack on Gilbert.
Before the late struggles, Gilbert had shown promise and moxie. But in the end, he couldn't overcome those late miscues so deep in his own territory in the end.