GAMEDAY College Football

Alabama 55, Utah State 0

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young passed for five first-half touchdowns and even ran for 100 yards and a score in No. 1 Alabama's 55-0 opening victory over Utah State.

The Crimson Tide began their quest for national title redemption with a not unexpected start-to-finish domination of the six-touchdown underdog Aggies (1-1). Less anticipated: Young's runs.

Known primarily as a passer with a penchant for scrambling and buying time, Young flashed his running ability more than he ever did last season, including a 63-yarder down the left sideline. He also spread the ball around to Alabama's new set of playmakers, with two touchdown passes to both Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton and Traeshon Holden and some handoffs to Jahmyr Gibbs.

Young ran five times for 100 yards after netting zero yards thanks to sacks last season with a previous long run of 16 yards. He also completed 18 of 28 passes for 195 yards before exiting one drive into the second half following his TD run.

Gibbs, a much talked about transfer from Georgia Tech, flashed his speed with a 58-yard run on the first play after the half. He finished with 93 yards on nine rushes.

His backup, Jase McClellan, caught a pair of TD passes.

Alabama outgained the Aggies 559-136 in total yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah State, which finished last season ranked, had won two straight games against Power 5 teams and started off strong with a 23-yard gain. Then the offense stalled and the defense was overwhelmed by Young & Co. The Aggies couldn't turn a late blocked punt into points.

Alabama: Spent the offseason stewing over a loss to Georgia in the national championship game and came in as the favorite to win the national title, according to FanDuel sportsbook. Then Alabama did pretty much what it wanted to against a mismatched opponent. The Tide put some new playmakers on display after losing receivers Jameson Williams and John Metchie III and tailback Brian Robinson Jr.

SIDELINED

Louisville transfer wide receiver Tyler Harrell had a walking boot on his right foot and didn't dress for the game. Tight end Cameron Latu also missed the game with a knee injury.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UtahStAla
Ala FG 9:56 Will Reichard 45 yard field goal 0 3
Ala TD 5:55 Jermaine Burton 5 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 10
Ala TD 3:06 Traeshon Holden 9 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 17
Second Quarter UtahStAla
Ala TD 12:19 Jermaine Burton 2 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 24
Ala TD 10:14 Traeshon Holden 14 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 31
Ala FG 2:56 Will Reichard 33 yard field goal 0 34
Ala TD 0:15 Jase McClellan 8 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 41
Third Quarter UtahStAla
Ala TD 13:37 Bryce Young 4 yard TD run (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 48
Ala TD 10:18 Jase McClellan 17 yard TD pass from Jalen Milroe (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 55
Team Stats
  Utah State Alabama
First downs 7 30
  Rushing 4 12
  Passing 3 14
  Penalty 0 4
3rd Down Efficiency 3-17, 18% 6-10, 60%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 37-78 32-296
Passing Yards 57 281
Return Yards 23 38
Completions-Attempts-Int 8-22-0 27-40-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-7
Punts 10 2
Fumbles Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 11-110 6-40
Utah State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
L. Bonner 3 9 39 0 0
L. Williams 2 5 15 0 0
C. Legas 3 8 3 0 0
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Young 18 28 195 5 0
J. Milroe 8 10 76 1 1
T. Simpson 1 2 10 0 0
Utah State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Briggs 10 28 2.8 0
P. Makakona 6 14 2.3 0
C. Tyler Jr. 12 13 1.1 0
T. Vaughn 1 10 10.0 0
C. Legas 2 8 4.0 0
N. Davis 1 5 5.0 0
L. Williams 4 2 0.5 0
L. Bonner 1 -2 -2.0 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Young 5 100 20.0 1
J. Gibbs 9 93 10.3 0
J. Miller 7 50 7.1 0
J. McClellan 5 23 4.6 0
R. Williams 3 15 5.0 0
J. Milroe 2 10 5.0 0
T. Sanders 1 5 5.0 0
Utah State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Cobbs 2 33 16.5 0
N. Davis 1 9 9.0 0
T. Vaughn 1 6 6.0 0
J. McGriff 1 6 6.0 0
C. Tyler Jr. 1 2 2.0 0
K. Van Leeuwen 2 1 .5 0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Holden 5 70 14.0 2
K. Prentice 5 60 12.0 0
J. Burton 5 35 7.0 2
J. McClellan 2 25 12.5 2
I. Bond 2 23 11.5 0
K. Law 2 22 11.0 0
M. Kitselman 2 18 9.0 0
T. Sanders 1 10 10.0 0
R. Williams 1 7 7.0 0
C. Leary 1 6 6.0 0
J. Gibbs 1 5 5.0 0
Utah State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
I. Larsen 1 23
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Utah State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
S. Kotsanlee 10 380 38.0
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Burnip 1 51 51.0
Utah State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. McKinstry 3 20 6.7
Utah State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Brooks 1 18 18.0
Utah State Missed FG
Player Length
Alabama Missed FG
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