No. 8 Alabama improved to 9-2 in the season after a 34-0 win over the Austin Peay Governors on Saturday afternoon.
It wasn’t always pretty for the Tide, who had a few turnovers in the first half that left many Alabama fans grumbling on social media. Still, the Alabama defense put on a solid performance, knocking out their opponent for the second time this season.
Bryce Young put in another fine performance, finishing with 221 passing yards and two touchdowns.
At ground play, Alabama dominated the most as junior running back Jase McClellan had 156 rushing yards and two touchdowns. As a team, Alabama finished with 263 yards on the ground.
Despite the shutout win, Alabama’s performance left a lot to be desired. Here are five takeaways from the Tide’s win over Austin Peay.
With Alabama’s top playmaker out with an ankle injury in Jahmyr Gibbs, Jase McClellan was given the opportunity to be the Tide’s feature back and he delivered. McClellan has now put on solid back-to-back performances for Alabama.
Jermaine Burton has endured a season of ups and downs at Tuscaloosa but, like McClellan, has had consecutive weeks of positive performances. Burton caught both of Young’s touchdown passes today and appears to be his favorite red-zone target.
One could argue that Brian Branch has been the most consistent player on Alabama’s defense this season. The junior defender excels against the run and showed his skill with an impressive interception against Austin Peay.
Perhaps the biggest story as Alabama begins preparations for the 2023 football season will be who replaces Bryce Young as the starting quarterback. Both Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson are gifted athletes and the competition in Tuscaloosa is sure to be fun and tough.
I think that’s a pretty consistent thought when it comes to college football, but kickoffs at 11 a.m. are utterly ridiculous. The fans are not awake, neither are the players and coaches. Unfortunately I don’t think they will go away any time soon.
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