GAMEDAY College Football

Alabama 55, Vanderbilt 3

(AP Photo/Vasha Hunt)

By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Bryce Young passed for a season-high 385 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama beat Vanderbilt 55-3 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

It was the first 300-yard game of the season for the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, who didn't play in the fourth quarter and completed 25 of 36 passes.

The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0) opted to air it out against the Commodores (3-2, 0-1) and finally got big games and plays from multiple receivers. It was the most passing yards for Young since perhaps locking up the Heisman with 421 yards against Georgia in the SEC championship game.

Alabama outgained Vandy 628-129 in total yards.

Ja'Corey Brooks had a career night, all in the first half when he had six catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Georgia transfer Jermaine Burton had his biggest game for the Tide: 94 yards on four catches, including a 48-yarder.

Jahmyr Gibbs, who started the first three games at tailback, mostly lined up at receiver while Jase McClellan took over in the backfield. McClellan ran for 78 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Gibbs caught three passes for 43 yards and a score.

THE TAKEAWAY

Vanderbilt: Avoided a third straight shutout in the series after losing the last two meetings by a combined 93-0. It's still the Commodores' 23rd consecutive loss to the Tide and 22nd straight defeat against SEC teams.

Alabama: Gave future opponents, including three teams in a row who were ranked this week, something to think about with the downfield passing and lining up Gibbs as a receiver with such frequency. Linebacker Will Anderson Jr. had 2-1/2 sacks.

BROOKS' BIG NIGHT

Brooks was mostly known for his tying touchdown in the final seconds against Auburn to force overtime last season. This was by far his biggest overall game. The sophomore had four catches for 62 yards through three games. Brooks caught passes on four consecutive plays for 68 yards and a TD on one drive.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter VandyAla
Ala TD 8:49 Ja'Corey Brooks 21 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 0 7
Vandy FG 3:49 Joseph Bulovas 40 yard field goal 3 7
Ala TD 0:35 Traeshon Holden 8 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 3 14
Second Quarter VandyAla
Ala TD 13:22 Ja'Corey Brooks 34 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 3 21
Ala TD 4:43 Jahmyr Gibbs 7 yard TD pass from Bryce Young (Will Reichard Extra Point) 3 28
Ala FG 0:00 Will Reichard 40 yard field goal 3 31
Third Quarter VandyAla
Ala FG 6:55 Will Reichard 21 yard field goal 3 34
Ala TD 2:56 Jase McClellan 12 yard TD run (Will Reichard Extra Point) 3 41
Fourth Quarter VandyAla
Ala TD 5:11 Jamarion Miller 1 yard TD run (Will Reichard Extra Point) 3 48
Ala TD 0:32 Jamarion Miller 40 yard TD run (Will Reichard Extra Point) 3 55
Team Stats
  Vanderbilt Alabama
First downs 9 34
  Rushing 3 10
  Passing 5 20
  Penalty 1 4
3rd Down Efficiency 1-13, 8% 7-12, 58%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 25-14 33-223
Passing Yards 115 400
Return Yards 25 89
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-26-0 30-43-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-33 0-0
Punts 10 2
Fumbles Lost 0-0 4-1
Penalties - Yards 6-41 6-55
Vanderbilt Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Swann 13 26 115 0 0
Alabama Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Young 25 36 385 4 0
J. Milroe 4 6 10 0 0
T. Simpson 1 1 5 0 0
Vanderbilt Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Griffin 3 19 6.3 0
R. Davis 11 17 1.5 0
P. Smith 5 11 2.2 0
J. McGowan 1 0 0.0 0
A. Swann 5 -33 -6.6 0
Alabama Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. McClellan 11 78 7.1 1
J. Miller 8 63 7.9 2
R. Williams 4 22 5.5 0
J. Gibbs 3 21 7.0 0
J. Milroe 2 20 10.0 0
T. Sanders 4 13 3.3 0
B. Young 1 6 6.0 0
Vanderbilt Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
W. Sheppard 3 52 17.3 0
J. McGowan 6 32 5.3 0
G. Schoenwald 2 20 10.0 0
G. Carter 1 7 7.0 0
R. Davis 1 4 4.0 0
Alabama Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Brooks 6 117 19.5 2
J. Burton 4 94 23.5 0
T. Holden 3 45 15.0 1
J. Gibbs 3 43 14.3 1
K. Prentice 3 32 10.7 0
C. Latu 3 27 9.0 0
J. McClellan 2 19 9.5 0
I. Bond 2 13 6.5 0
T. Jones-Bell 1 5 5.0 0
R. Ouzts 1 3 3.0 0
T. Sanders 1 3 3.0 0
J. Miller 1 -1 -1.0 0
Vanderbilt Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Alabama Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Vanderbilt Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hayball 10 432 43.2
Alabama Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Burnip 2 87 43.5
Vanderbilt Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Sheppard 1 9 9.0
Alabama Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. McKinstry 4 89 22.3
B. Branch 1 0 0
Vanderbilt Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. McGowan 1 0 0
H. Moses 1 16 16.0
Alabama Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Vanderbilt Missed FG
Player Length
Alabama Missed FG
Player Length




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