Alabama Survives, Escapes Texas with 20-19 Win

Alabama PK Will Reichard (16) lines up a kick against Texas at Darrell K RoyalÐTexas Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX on Saturday, Sep 10, 2022.

Quarterback Bryce Young led Alabama on a 9 play, 61 yard drive late in the 4th quarter with Will Richard hitting a game-winning 33yd field goal as the Tide survive Austin with a 20-19 victory over the Texas Longhorns.

Young finished 27 of 39 with 213 yards and a touchdown pass, but the Alabama offense struggled most of the day.  After scoring 10 points on their first two drives of the game, Alabama went five straight possessions without a 1st Down.

Meanwhile, Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers, making just his second college start, had Texas rolling in the 1st quarter before leaving with an apparent shoulder injury.  Ewers was replaced by Hudson Card, who handed the ball off to Bijan Robinson for a 1yd TD run to tie the game at 10-10.   The Longhorns missed an opportunity to take the lead right before half, missing a 20yd field goal.

Texas did kick a pair of field goals, taking a 16-10 lead before Young hit Jaymir Gibbs for a 7yd touchdown pass and a 17-16 Alabama lead.

The Longhorns went back ahead on a 49yd field goal from Bert Auburn with just 1:29 to go in the game.

Texas missed a chance to potentially close the game out when Young eluded a sack and ran for 20 yards, setting end the game-ending dramatics.

Despite the win, Alabama played undisciplined and sloppy.  They committed 15 penalties with replays showing more could’ve been called.  Highly touted LB Will Anderson lined up offsides, twice, before coming up with a big sack ending the Longhorns drive, resulting in the 49yd field goal.

The Tide improve to 2-0 and will host ULM next Saturday at 3P