December 18, 2006

Best and worst of the 2006 season

Best offensive play: John Parker Wilson's 78-yard scoring bomb to DJ Hall in a 24-23 overtime loss at Arkansas featured solid all-around execution. Pass protection was superb on the play, as Wilson had enough time to look off Keith Brown before launching deep to Hall.

Worst offensive play: Take your pick from either of Quentin Groves' two second-quarter forced fumbles in Auburn's 22-15 win over the Crimson Tide. With the Tigers struggling to sustain much offensively, Groves put Auburn on the doorstep with back-to-back big plays -- and the Tigers cashed in for touchdowns each time.

Best offensive play call: After quickly falling behind 14-0 at LSU, the Tide went on a 75-yard scoring march that ended with Wilson hitting Kenneth Darby on a wheel route for a 28-yard scoring pass. The play resulted in Tide followers asking themselves in unison, "Where has that been all season?"

Best offensive performance: Alabama racked up 440 yards of offense in a 26-23 overtime win over Ole Miss. The 20 points put up in regulation by the Tide offense was the best it would do against SEC competition.

Worst offensive performance: Against a suspension-depleted Florida International defense, Alabama posted 224 yards of total offense. In the first quarter, the Golden Panthers turned back the Tide on third- and fourth-and-goal plays from the FIU 1.

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