In case you missed it, FCS Georgia Southern (9-2, 7-1) gave Alabama all they could handle on Saturday. The game was 17-7 Alabama early in the 2nd quarter, 24-14 at halftime and 31-21 half way into the 3rd...before Bama wore them out and wound up with a 45-21 victory.
The triple option ran for 302 yards against the nation's top ranked defense. Georgia Southern has the #2 ranked rushing offense in the FCS, averaging almost 319 yards on the ground each week. Can you imagine what Saban was saying into the headsets?
To put things in context, as Bruce Feldman pointed out, Alabama has played four teams ranked in the top 25 when they met (Penn State, Arkansas, LSU, Florida) and gave up a combined 287 yards rushing against those teams.
Georgia Southern earned a #3 seed and a first round bye in the FCS playoffs and will face the winner of this weekend's game between Old Dominion and Norfolk State on December 3rd.
One example of Georgia Southern's run game below: