Alabama’s No. 2/1 football passes ULM, 63-7

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 2/1 Alabama football team scored three non-offensive touchdowns and broke a 75-year-old school record for punt return yards with 262 in Crimson Tide’s 63-7 victory over the ULM inside Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Strategist Bryce Young threw for 236 yards and three touchdowns on 13 of 18 passes to help the Crimson Tide compile 509 total rushing yards that day.

Alabama’s rushing game totaled 273 yards on 39 carries with four running backs rushing for 40 or more yards. Come back Roydell Williams led the way with eight carries for 58 yards and a touchdown. Come back Jahmyr Gibbs led the Tide in receiving distance, totaling 65 yards and a touchdown on four catches.

Defensive back DeMarco Hellams led the Tide defense with nine tackles. Linebacker Henry To’oTo’o finished with eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack as linebacker Will Anderson Jr. added five tackles 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and his first career interception return for a touchdown.

“My message to the players before the game was that all of these things that we do matter. You’re judged by a standard as an individual player, we’re judged by a standard as a team. And everyone is going to make a le choice and the decision as to whether you’re going to play to that standard consistently, not once in a while. There’s a lot of things that come into play: it’s preparation, it’s how you train , it’s about focusing on the things you need to do when you’re playing against good competition in order to have a chance of succeeding. Then the message after the game was: did you do this or not? And how would you judged you by the way you play and what you did? Obviously a lot of good things there today. We scored on defense, scored a few times on special teams and got 262 yards in return of punts. We made plays in a attack, started a bit slow, but got better as we went. Defensively, I think we did a good job and made progress. There’s evidence that’s the standard we want to play at, but I think everyone has to judge what we need to do to continue to improve with SEC play starting next week. So, I’m going to put a bit more effort on everybody’s part to play with consistency.”

Remarks

  • The Crimson Tide’s top three scores of the day were touchdowns that came, in order, on offensive, defensive and special teams
  • Alabama broke a 75-year-old school record with 262 total punt return yards
  • The record for punt return yards was originally set on November 22, 1947 when the Tide combined for 204 yards in a win over LSU
  • Kool-Aid McKinstry led the way after fielding five punts for 136 yards, averaging 27.2 yards per return
  • The 136 return yards for McKinstry are the third most in a game in program history, behind Javier Arenas who set the school record with 153 yards against Tulane (9/6/08) and has second most with 147 against Mississippi State (11/15/08)
  • With his 236 passing yards that day, Young now has 5,672 career passing yards to pass Jalen Hurts (5,626) for ninth place on the school’s all-time list.
    • Young also passed Mac Jones for third on the school’s all-time touchdown list with (57), with only Tua Tagovailoa (87) and AJ McCarron (77) throwing for more touchdowns in their UA careers. .

  • Anderson Jr. intercepted a pass in the first quarter and drove it 26 yards home for Tide’s second touchdown of the day, scoring his first career interception and picking six in the process.
  • After hitting his nine PATs, Will Reichard goes to 194 for 196 in his career
  • With today’s PATs, Reichard, a fourth-year senior, set a new school record for extra points earned in a career, passing Adam Griffith who had 186 (186 for 188 from 2013-16)
    • Reichard’s nine PATs that day are tied for third in a game in UA history, after Harold “Red” Lutz (9/21/51 vs. Delta State) and Bill Davis (10/27 /73 vs. Virginia Tech), who share the school record with 11 PAT in a game

  • Advertised paid attendance vs ULM was 98,443

How did it happen

first quarter

  • 13:12 – AU | Alabama rushed for 75 yards in four plays on the first drive, capped off with a 33-yard touchdown strike from Bryce Young at Treason Holden which was only 1:48 behind the game clock
  • 10:52 – AU | The Crimson Tide earned their first defensive touchdown of the season when Will Anderson Jr. intercepted a deflected pass and took the ball 25 yards to pay for the dirt
  • 08:50 – AU | A punt blocked by Ja’ Corey Brooks was picked up by Malachi Moore at the four-yard line and came back for the second non-offensive touchdown of the first quarter
  • 04:21 – AU | Young capped a four-play, 41-yard drive that fell 1:45 behind when he went seven yards for the fourth touchdown of the quarter

second quarter

  • 10:11 a.m. – Microlight | Jackson Malik put the Warhawks on the board with an 11-yard springboard to cap an eight-play, 57-yard drive that fell 4:49 behind.
  • 00:52 – AU | Young found Amari Ninoir for a 15-yard touchdown reception just before halftime that finished a six-play, 93-yard drive in just 1:05

Third quarter

  • 08:41 – AU | Gibbs took a pass from Young and ran 37 yards to pay off the dirt, ending a four-play, 53-yard drive that fell 1:23 behind.
  • 04:30 – AU | Williams scored his first touchdown of the year when he took a 10-yard pass for the score to close a five-play, 57-yard drive that lasted 1:56

Fourth trimester

  • 12:36 – AU | Brian’s Branch fumbled for the third non-offensive touchdown of the game when he took a punt 68 yards from the end zone
  • 07:36 – AU | Alabama closed the scoring when Trey Sanders scored on a six-yard run to cap a 10-play, 49-yard drive that took 3:17

Next

Alabama stays home when it opens Southeastern Conference play by hosting the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bryant-Denny Stadium next Saturday night.
The contest is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. CT and will be televised on SEC Network.

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