Young, No. 2 Alabama roll over Louisiana-Monroe, 63-7
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Bryce Young handed for 3 touchdowns and rushed for a fourth, Will Anderson Jr. scored on an interception return and No. 2 Alabama rolled to a 63-7 victory over Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (3-0) scored on offense, protection and particular groups within the first six minutes and raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead. It was a whirlwind begin in opposition to the 49 1/2-point underdog Warhawks (1-2) per week after a a lot closer-than-expected victory over Texas price Alabama the No. 1 rating.
It wasn’t a seamless efficiency for both the Tide offense or Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.
He accomplished 13 of 18 passes for 236 yards but in addition threw his first two interceptions of the season. He did run for a 7-yard rating, the place he spun close to the aim line and dove throughout.
Anderson returned his first profession interception 25 yards for a landing, one play after Young’s preliminary choose. The nationwide sacks chief a yr in the past, he additionally bought his second sack of the season.
Malachi Moore bought a brief scoop-and-score after Ja’Corey Brooks’ blocked punt.
Chandler Rogers accomplished 11 of 21 passes 96 yards for Louisiana-Monroe and was intercepted as soon as. Malik Jackson ran for an 11-yard landing.
Jahmyr Gibbs remained the Tide’s most versatile weapon. He gained 36 yards on 9 carries and caught 4 passes for 65 yards, together with a 37-yard landing when he juked one defender and shed a few downfield sort out makes an attempt.
The Tide outgained Louisiana-Monroe 509-169.
Louisiana-Monroe: Managed to maintain a horrid begin from snowballing much more for awhile and really was solely outgained 132-125 earlier than Alabama’s remaining drive of the second half. Coach Terry Bowden is now 3-7 in opposition to the Tide, with the primary six conferences as coach of rival Auburn from 1993-98.
Alabama: This one gained’t imply a lot within the massive image for Alabama’s season, however it began out as a pleasant, swift rebound from the Texas sport. The Tide did have a lull earlier than a pristine Young-directed TD drive within the remaining two minutes earlier than the half.
Alabama had 262 punt return yards to interrupt a 75-year-old sport report set in opposition to LSU in 1947. Kool-Aid McKinstry flirted with scores on returns and Brian Branch produced one within the fourth quarter. McKinstry averaged 34 yards on his first 4 returns. Then Branch returned a punt 68 yards for a TD. Gibbs additionally had a 57-yard kick return.
Alabama’s receivers, for essentially the most half, are having quiet seasons. The tight ends, nonetheless, got here up massive on the ultimate first-half drive. Cameron Latu had three catches, together with a 38-yarder when he reached over a defender downfield. Freshman reserve Amari Niblack then caught his first go, a 15-yard TD.
Alabama hosts Vanderbilt within the Southeastern Conference opener.
Louisiana-Monroe hosts Louisiana.
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