Alabama vs. Texas score, takeaways: No. 1 Tide survive upset bid as Bryce Young engineers late scoring drives

The Alabama No. 1 dodged a huge upset offer from Texas on Saturday as Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young engineered two late drives that resulted in 10 fourth-quarter points for a 20- 19 on Crimson Tide Road. Kicker Will Reichard drilled a 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds left to send the tide over the Longhorns at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

With the victory, Bama avoided falling for the second time in as many years to an unranked opponent from Texas and losing a regular season non-conference game for the first time since 2007. The victory marked the 19th start 2-0 season streak for coach Nick Saban, continuing the longest active streak in the country.

Despite losing starting quarterback Quinn Ewers late in the first quarter, the Longhorns used four field goals from Bert Auburn – including a 49-yard connection with less than 2 minutes remaining – to edge the tide up. at Young’s last practice. Ewers suffered an upper body injury following a late hit from linebacker Bama Dallas Turner in the red zone and did not return. Ewers moved the offense with ease, recording 134 passing yards to start the game. From then on, however, the ‘Horns’ offense struggled to generate consistent opportunities.

Alabama let Texas stay in the game with the most unruly play of the Saban era. The Tide posted 15 penalties, an amount never before achieved in a single game by any of Saban’s Alabama teams or LSU. All-American linebacker Will Anderson Jr., touted as the best player in college football to start the season, was notably off his game, contributing four costly penalties to just five total tackles.

Replacement Texas QB Hudson Card took advantage of 158 passing yards, including a whopping 29-yard connection with wide receiver Casey Cain to jump into field goal territory in the final minutes of the game. Auburn’s 49-yard field goal was intended to put the ‘Horns on top for good, but failed to win the game. Texas running back Bijan Robinson also had several huge runs and catches, finishing with 131 all-purpose yards.

The Texas defense played a fantastic game with six tackles for losses and a pair of sacks on Young. The ‘Horns also nearly had another sack and a safety on Young in the third quarter that would have turned the game around, but he was knocked down and ruled a pass incomplete. Linebacker Jaylan Ford played a fantastic game with 10 tackles and two tackles for loss.

Young completed 27 of 39 passes for 213 yards, conceding a huge fourth-quarter touchdown and the field goal with 10 seconds left. Its pass catchers took over the course of the stretch, but one of the reasons Alabama struggled for most of the game was due to drops in this unit, which only amassed three receptions for 14 yards early in the fourth quarter.

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