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Overall Game Grade: C-
It’s hard to believe when looking at the scoreboard, but Everett Golson actually threw for more yards that Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
Unfortunately, Golson also threw a great deal of incompletions along the way, and had little support from the ground game.
Golson started off the first quarter by throwing two incompletions to tight end Tyler Eifert. The Irish offense came out in a three-tight-end set and decided to go after Crimson Tide defensive back Dee Milliner early.
However, Eifert was ruled either out of bounds or not in possession of the ball on both pass attempts, as both were ruled incomplete. Golson completed just two passes in the quarter.
The second quarter saw Golson start to use his legs more, but the offense as a whole struggled to establish any sort of identity.
The first series saw the Irish open with two passing plays; the second series saw two run plays to start and the third saw one of each. None of these sequences led to a touchdown.
Golson did manage to hit DaVaris Daniels twice for a total of 44 yards and Tyler Eifert for a total of 18 yards.
Golson again looked to Daniels for a big completion after halftime, as the two connected on a 21-yard pass. However, Golson was eventually intercepted by Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix in Crimson Tide territory.
The second drive of the third quarter saw Golson finally find success in the passing game. The sophomore managed to find Daniels, Eifert and TJ Jones before rushing for a two-yard touchdown. Golson did come up with a big pass to Jones on a 3rd-and-16 play.
This would be the last big drive for Golson and the Irish, however.
In the fourth quarter, Golson hit Daniels, Jones, Eifert and Cierre Wood before finding Theo Riddick in the end zone for a six-yard touchdown.
For the game, Golson completed 21 of 36 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown and interception.
Despite the lack of scoring and the interception, Golson still managed to complete more than 50 percent of his passes for the sixth straight game, while passing for his third-highest amount of yards in a game this season.
Golson saw his protection break down multiple times against a talented Crimson Tide defensive line, but also looked to run too quickly on a few occasions.
Golson had minus-seven rushing yards, however, and was forced to try to establish a passing game while the rushing attack was being held in constant check.