GAMEDAY College Football

Alabama 20, Texas 19

By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer

AUSTIN, Texas - Will Reichard kicked a 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds left, and Bryce Young and No. 1 Alabama overcame a stifling defensive effort by Texas to earn a hard-fought 20-19 victory.

Young was hit and harassed by the Texas defense most of the game, but the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback put together a big fourth quarter.

He had a twisting, off-balance touchdown pass, and then a 20-yard scramble in the final minute to set up Reichard's winning kick. Young easily dodged a blitzing defender, then had wide open field ahead of him to scamper.

Young's clutch play rescued Alabama on an uncharacteristically sloppy day when the Crimson Tide (2-0) struggled with penalties and dropped passes and was forced into six consecutive punts in one stretch. Texas (1-1) stuffed Alabama on fourth-and-inches late to set up a go-ahead field goal by Bert Auburn with 1:39 remaining.

Young also spoiled what could have been a program-defining victory for Texas and second-year coach Steve Sarkisian. Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers was knocked out with a shoulder injury at the end of the first quarter.

The steady hand of backup Hudson Card and an inspired defense helped Texas build a 16-10 lead early in the fourth, and then drive for the lead again on Auburn's fourth field goal of the day.

Young was 27-of-39 passing for 213 yards with the scrambling TD throw to Jahmyr Gibbs that gave Alabama a 17-16 lead. Jase McLellan had an 81-yard touchdown run for Alabama in the first quarter.

Alabama avoided its first nonconference loss since 2007 against Louisiana-Monroe in coach Nick Saban's first season.

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The Tide was all out of sorts. Eleven first-half penalties and dropped passes showed a level of sloppy play seldom seen by Saban teams. Last season's Bronco Nagurski Award winner Will Anderson struggled to make plays against an inexperience Texas offensive line.

Texas: The Longhorns let a huge win get away. Now they also have questions at quarterback if Ewers is out for an extended period. He was electric early against the Tide and had already passed for 134 yards in the first quarter before he was hurt when linebacker Dallas Turner drove him into the ground.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter AlaTex
Ala FG 8:47 Will Reichard 52 yard field goal 3 0
Tex FG 2:51 Bert Auburn 26 yard field goal 3 3
Ala TD 2:34 Jase McClellan 81 yard TD run (Will Reichard Extra Point) 10 3
Second Quarter AlaTex
Tex TD 14:55 Bijan Robinson 1 yard TD run (Bert Auburn Extra Point) 10 10
Third Quarter AlaTex
Tex FG 6:27 Bert Auburn 33 yard field goal 10 13
Fourth Quarter AlaTex
Tex FG 12:55 Bert Auburn 24 yard field goal 10 16
Ala TD 8:29 Jahmyr Gibbs 7 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 17 16
Tex FG 1:29 Bert Auburn 49 yard field goal 17 19
Ala FG 0:10 Will Reichard 33 yard field goal 20 19
Team Stats
  Alabama Texas
First downs 17 23
  Rushing 6 5
  Passing 11 12
  Penalty 0 6
3rd Down Efficiency 6-16, 38% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 24-161 33-79
Passing Yards 213 292
Return Yards 33 49
Completions-Attempts-Int 27-39-0 23-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-15 3-28
Punts 6 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 15-100 5-30
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Young 27 39 213 1 0
Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Card 14 22 158 0 0
Q. Ewers 9 12 134 0 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. McClellan 6 97 16.2 1
B. Young 7 38 5.4 0
J. Gibbs 9 22 2.4 0
R. Williams 2 4 2.0 0
Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Robinson 21 57 2.7 1
R. Johnson 5 16 3.2 0
H. Card 6 8 1.3 0
K. Robinson 1 -2 -2.0 0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Gibbs 9 74 8.2 1
T. Holden 4 39 9.8 0
J. Brooks 3 33 11.0 0
C. Latu 4 28 7.0 0
K. Prentice 4 27 6.8 0
J. Burton 2 10 5.0 0
J. McClellan 1 2 2.0 0
Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Worthy 5 97 19.4 0
B. Robinson 3 73 24.3 0
J. Whittington 7 64 9.1 0
C. Cain 1 29 29.0 0
R. Johnson 3 20 6.7 0
K. Robinson 1 5 5.0 0
J. Sanders 3 4 1.3 0
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Burnip 6 249 41.5
Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Trejo 5 232 46.4
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. McKinstry 2 -3 -1.5
Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Worthy 3 10 3.3
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gibbs 2 36 18.0
Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Johnson 2 39 19.5
Alabama Missed FG
Player Length
Texas Missed FG
Player Length
B. Auburn 20




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