TASCALOOSE, Alabama. Alabama scored after a long touchdown, a sixth pick and a blocked punt.
And that’s just the first six minutes.
The Crimson Tide (3-0) scored on attack, defense and special teams in the first six minutes to take a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. It was a blistering start against the underdog Warhawks with 49 1/2 points (1-2) a week after a much closer-than-expected victory over Texas cost Alabama the No. 1 spot in the rankings.
After that, the Tide coach Nick Saban challenged the team to play more consistently to the program’s always high standards.
“There is some evidence that this is the standard we want to play by,” Saban said, noting that the competition is getting tougher with the upcoming Southeast Conference game.
It was not a perfect performance for either the Tide or for Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. But special teams passed, including the school record for punt return yards.
Young completed 13 of 18 passes for 236 yards, but also threw his first two interceptions of the season. He did run to the 7-yard score, where he spun near the goal line and dived over it.
Anderson returned his first career 25-yard interception for a touchdown, one game after Young’s original selection. Leader of the country a year ago, he also received his second sack of the season.
What can’t he do? Cool-Aid quarterback McKinstry said.
“He was probably surprised he caught him, I won’t lie.” – Midfielder Henry Tooto’o said. “He had a little stiffness in his arms and just watched it when they did the highlights on the board. And he’s like, “I can’t believe I did this.”
Malachi Moore received a short result after Ja’Kori Brooks blocked a punt.
Chandler Rogers completed 11 of 21 passes for 96 yards to Louisiana-Monroe and was intercepted once. Malik Jackson threw an 11-yard touchdown set up by Tide’s fourth down attempt.
“It went the way most people thought it did.” -Louisiana-Monroe Coach Terry Bowden said. “They were too good for us at every stage of the game. You can watch the video and say that’s kind of what you’re getting into, but you’re still preparing for them not to play well or something to go wrong. And you have a better game.
“And when I spoke to the team afterwards, they were so good every step of the way.”
Jamir Gibbs remained Tide’s most versatile weapon. He gained 36 yards on nine carries and caught four passes for 65 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown when he knocked down one defenseman and lost a couple of tackle attempts.
The Tide outplayed Louisiana-Monroe 509-169.
Louisiana-Monroe: Managed to keep the terrible start from snowballing even further for a while, and actually lost only 132–125 ahead of Alabama’s final attack in the second half. Bowden is now 3-4 against the Tide, with his first six meetings as coach of rival Auburn since 1993-98.
Alabama: It won’t make a big difference in the overall picture of the Alabama season, but it started off as a nice, quick bounce off the game in Texas. Tide did have a lull before a pristine TD drive under Young in the last two minutes before half.
Alabama had 262 punt return yards to break the 75-year-old record set against LSU in 1947. Brian Branch produced one in the fourth quarter. McKinstry averaged 34 yards in his first four returns. Branch then returned the punt 68 yards behind the TD. Gibbs also had a kickback from 57 yards.
“The blockers have done their job and I can’t do anything but thank them for making lanes for me,” McKinstry said.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY
There’s no chance Alabama will overtake No. 1 Georgia on Sunday after the Bulldogs beat South Carolina 48-7. Most likely, Tide will remain in place.
Alabama’s receivers, for the most part, have quiet seasons. However, difficulties arose in the last half of the first half. Cameron Side there were three catches, including a 38-yard catch when he intercepted a defenseman in the bottom of the field. Freshman reserve Amari Niblack then caught his first pass, a 15-yard TD.
Alabama hosts Vanderbilt in the first game of the Southeastern Conference.
Louisiana-Monroe takes over Louisiana.
Air Force Academy, Colorado. The Air Force football program received two years of probation from the NCAA and had its team reduced by 10 members for four years as part of sanctions for hiring violations.
The fines were announced Thursday after the Air Force and four people reached an agreement with NCAA law enforcement over recruiting violations. The fifth defendant in the case contested his role and will be heard by the violations committee.
The sanctions also include a fine and a reduction of 46 official visits to the football program in the 2022-23 and 23-24 school years. In addition, from September 1 to October 12, 2022, there is a ban on unofficial visits to football clubs, and this autumn the number of evaluation days is reduced.
The Air Force collegiate roster includes approximately 115 players, as well as a joint team that is considered NCAA athletes and its roster.
“(The Committee) appreciates the efforts of the parties to work together to reach an agreement on violations, levels, classifications, and substantial and meaningful penalties,” said Gary Miller, the committee’s principal listener and president of Acron. statement. “The Commission also recognizes that the Air Force has gone the extra mile in its overall approach to this matter.”
In a joint statement, Air Force Academy Superintendent Lieutenant General Richard Clarke and Director of Athletics Nathan Pine said, “The Air Force Academy is delighted that our business has come to the point that the NCAA has made our consensus decision. We will continue to work with the NCAA on this self-reported current case from the COVID dead period as we have a responsibility to ensure the integrity of the institution, athletics department, cadet athletes and staff.”
The Falcons start 3-1 and will host the fleet on Saturday to start the competition for the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy. The trophy is awarded to the service academy for the best result in a round robin format.
GAINESVILLE, Florida – Florida Coach Billy Napier shakes up his supporting role after the Gators gave up 349 yards, including 247 of them in eight plays, in a loss in Tennessee.
Safety Trey Dean, a fifth-year senior who started 32 games and played in 54, was out of action with what Florida calls a “shin injury.” But no one would be surprised if Napier calmly left Dean on the bench after he made two mental errors against the volunteers that led to 70 and 45 yards and touchdowns.
Freshman Yesterday Wilson will replace Dean and make his first college start on Sunday against Eastern Washington.
corner defender Jadon Hill will join Wilson in the starting lineup. Hill, a third-year sophomore, will make his first start since 2020. He missed the 2021 season with a torn knee ligament. He impressed Napier and his new hires in the spring, but missed preseason camp with another knee injury.
Hill to replace sophomore Avery Helmwho also fought against Vols.
“You talk about what he’s been through in terms of injury,” Napier said after Wednesday’s workout. “Jaydon was one of the best players we had on our team in spring training. I was very impressed . It doesn’t surprise me. He showed quite quickly here that he is very capable. I’m excited to watch him play.”
Georgia transfer Sorry Kimber, a former five-star recruit, is now listed as third team cornerback. Kimber played just 11 snaps in Knoxville in a week after he intercepted a touchdown in a 31-28 win over South Florida.
“I like to say we’re trying to get rid of bad football,” Napier said. “Talking about mental errors, inconsistencies, poor communication, poor fundamentals and techniques, poor decision making in the game. … We have a long list of things that we need to eliminate every week.
“In the game last week, I thought we were very close, but there are 12 or 15 draws in the game where Florida beats Florida. We have a smart group here. I think they are well aware of the issues and I think they are working hard to resolve them.”