Young holds up, No. 1 Alabama holds off No. 11 Florida 31-29

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Bryce Young’s first collegiate freeway begin was a rousing success, a three-touchdown effectivity that helped top-ranked Alabama protect off No. 11 Florida 31-29 contained in the Southeastern Conference opener for each groups Saturday.

The defending nationwide champion Crimson Tide stopped a 2-point conversion with 3:10 left and prolonged its worthwhile streak to 17, making it 32 in a row in route of groups from the SEC’s Eastern Division.

The Gators (2-1, 0-1 SEC) have now dropped eight straight contained in the assortment and fell to 0-5 in route of No. 1-ranked groups at Florida Field.

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This one was nearer than oddsmakers and nearly all individuals else anticipated, with 14 ½-point underdog Florida having an opportunity to tie the sport contained in the closing minutes regardless of having enjoyable with with out dynamic backup quarterback Anthony Richardson.

Coach Dan Mullen held Richardson out as a precaution as a consequence of a strained appropriate hamstring and talked about he would solely be in the marketplace in case of an emergency.

That in no way grew to develop to be the case though the Gators trailed 21-3 on the top of the primary quarter. Young constructed the lead with TD passes to Jase McClellan, Jaheel Billingsley and Brian Johnson.

The Gators rallied and had been in place to tie late. Dameon Pierce capped a 75-yard drive with a 17-yard run that made it 31-29. But fellow working as soon as extra Malik Davis didn’t get the three yards wanted on the 2-point conversion.

Florida seemingly obtained a break when Alabama (3-0, 1-0) was flagged for a false begin on fourth-and-goal on the 1. Alabama settled for a self-discipline perform and an eight-point lead. That gave the Gators an opportunity to tie, and play-caller Mullen and quarterback Emory Jones directed a masterful drive.

It ended up not being enough.

The Gators had one remaining chance to drive a punt and get the ball as soon as extra, however Alabama did enough to benefit from the clock and depart Florida with little, if any, chance at a comeback. The Gators had one play from deep of their territory and had been sacked.

Young achieved 22 of 35 passes for 233 yards. Brian (*11*) carried 14 occasions for 75 yards and a rating.

Jones was 17-of-27 passing for 181 yards, with an interception. He was booed at occasions, partly due to the gradual begin and positively due to the house crowd’s disappointment in not seeing Richardson.

THE TAKEAWAY(*11*)

Alabama: Coach Nick Saban’s crew regarded vulnerable after the primary quarter, notably on security. The Tide was gashed between the tackles and picked aside over the center. There was no fastened switch rush, which has to produce all individuals contained in the SEC on the very least only a bit hope the remainder of the best way through which whereby.

Florida: Mullen has completely modified his crew offensively, switching from a passing assault that featured Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts to a floor recreation that rotates three working backs and two cell quarterbacks. The Gators entered the sport major the nation in dashing and achieved with 241 yards on the underside.

UP NEXT(*11*)

Alabama hosts Southern Miss subsequent Saturday. The Tide have obtained 15 of the final word 16 contained in the assortment.

Florida hosts Tennessee subsequent Saturday night time. The Gators have obtained 15 of the final word 16 contained in the assortment, which was as quickly as additional essential contained in the East.

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