It was very disappointing since the Longhorns got behind early and never caught up, losing for the first time against Alabama 37-21. The two powerhouse programs went on different trajectories following the game.
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (2008 Heisman trophy runner-up and 2009 Heisman Trophy finalist) was knocked out of the game on the Longhorns’ fifth play from scrimmage. On a planned QB run play, McCoy was hit by sophomore Alabama defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, pinching a nerve in McCoy’s throwing shoulder and leaving him unable to throw the ball accurately. McCoy was replaced by true freshman Garrett Gilbert, who was ineffective in the first half, according to Wikipedia.
The 2010 Citi BCS National Championship Game was the finale of the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and was played between the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide. It was hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, January 7, 2010. It was the 12th BCS National Championship Game, and the second consecutive year the champion of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) was matched against the champion of the Big 12 Conference, according to Wikipedia.
The game was the ninth meeting of Texas and Alabama, though the first since the 1982 Cotton Bowl Classic. Prior to the game, Texas led the all-time series with a 7–0–1 record, with the first meeting in 1902.