Bryce Younger’s first collegiate highway begin was a rousing success, a three-touchdown efficiency that helped top-ranked Alabama maintain off No. 11 Florida 31-29 within the Southeastern Convention opener for each groups Saturday.
The defending nationwide champion Crimson Tide stopped a 2-point conversion with 3:10 left and prolonged its successful streak to 17, making it 32 in a row in opposition to groups from the SEC’s Jap Division.
The Gators (2-1, 0-1 SEC) have now dropped eight straight within the collection and fell to 0-5 in opposition to No. 1-ranked groups at Florida Area.
This one was nearer than oddsmakers and nearly everybody else anticipated, with 14 ½-point underdog Florida having an opportunity to tie the sport within the closing minutes regardless of enjoying with out dynamic backup quarterback Anthony Richardson.
Coach Dan Mullen held Richardson out as a precaution due to a strained proper hamstring and mentioned he would solely be obtainable in case of an emergency.
That by no means turned the case regardless that the Gators trailed 21-3 on the finish of the primary quarter. Younger 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. However fellow working again Malik Davis didn’t get the three yards wanted on the 2-point conversion.
Florida seemingly bought 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 discipline aim 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 sufficient.
The Gators had one closing likelihood to drive a punt and get the ball again, however Alabama did sufficient to exploit the clock and depart Florida with little, if any, likelihood at a comeback. The Gators had one play from deep of their territory and had been sacked.
Younger accomplished 22 of 35 passes for 233 yards. Brian Robinson 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 sluggish begin and absolutely due to the house crowd’s disappointment in not seeing Richardson.
Alabama: Coach Nick Saban’s staff seemed inclined after the primary quarter, particularly on protection. The Tide was gashed between the tackles and picked aside over the center. There was no constant cross rush, which has to offer everybody within the SEC not less than a little bit hope the remainder of the best way.
Florida: Mullen has utterly modified his staff offensively, switching from a passing assault that featured Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts to a floor recreation that rotates three working backs and two cellular quarterbacks. The Gators entered the sport main the nation in dashing and completed with 241 yards on the bottom.
Alabama hosts Southern Miss subsequent Saturday. The Tide have received 15 of the final 16 within the collection.
Florida hosts Tennessee subsequent Saturday night time. The Gators have received 15 of the final 16 within the collection, which was extra significant within the East.