There have been lots of big plays in the Nick Saban era at Alabama, but perhaps none as big as Eryk Anders’ sack of Garrett Gilbert in the 2010 Rose Bowl. That win capped an undefeated season for the Tide and secured Saban’s first title at Alabama and the school’s 13th overall.
Alabama knocked Texas quarterback Colt McCoy out of the contest early and built a big lead. But true freshman Gilbert led a second half comeback and the Longhorns were only down three and had momentum and the football late in the fourth quarter. That’s when Anders showed up huge, knocking the ball free from Gilbert and setting up a recovery by Courtney Upshaw.