TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A date with No. 1 Georgia next month is rarely any longer hypothetical. Bryce Younger made sure of that, practically single-handedly leading No. 2 Alabama to a 42-35 victory over No. 21 Arkansas on Saturday to clinch the SEC West title. The come the quarterback is playing, he can plod ahead and e book a outing to New York as effectively.
Younger recount Alabama’s single-sport passing file with 559 yards while tossing five touchdowns and winding up 31 of 40 passes against Arkansas. Scott Hunter held the old single-sport file with 484 yards against Auburn in 1969.
The Heisman Trophy frontrunner has now done 74.2 percent of his passes for 1,852 yards and 18 touchdowns with out an interception over his final five video games. His 38 passing touchdowns and 3,586 passing yards on the year deplorable No. 3 on the faculty’s single-season file checklist.
Stumbling by a mixture of drops and fumbles on offense as effectively as various psychological miscues on defense, Alabama practically fell sufferer to the upset despite its quarterback’s efforts.
Younger’s fourth touchdown plod of the night time — a play at some level of which he bought time with his ft before dumping the ball off to Christian Leary for an 11-yard ranking — gave the Tide a commanding 31-14 lead early within the third quarter.
Alternatively, a porous Alabama defense allowed Arkansas to end within the sport till gradual. The Razorbacks answered with a touchdown on their ensuing possession as quarterback KJ Jefferson hit receiver Treylon Burks for a 66-yard ranking. With Alabama leading 34-21 early within the fourth quarter, Arkansas pulled interior one ranking on a counterfeit field-just strive as holder Reid Bauer popped out of his stance and delivered a jump plod to tight live Blake Kern for a 32-yard touchdown.
Younger drove Alabama down the sector on the following possession. Alternatively, the Tide became as soon as unable to capitalize as tight live Cameron Latu fumbled at some level of the 5-yard line.
Alabama’s defense became as soon as in a position to pressure a three-and-out from Arkansas after the Razorbacks took over. From there, Younger finally delivered the demise blow, hitting Williams for a 40-yard touchdown.
Williams executed the sport with eight catches for a occupation-excessive 190 yards and three touchdowns. John Metchie III had a season-simplest efficiency, netting 173 yards and a touchdown on 10 receptions. Running aid Brian Robinson Jr. ran for 122 yards on 27 carries. Alabama piled up 671 total yards and 29 first downs on the day.
Arkansas tacked on a gradual touchdown as Jefferson hit Raheim Sanders for a 17-yard ranking with 1: 02 final. Alternatively, the Razorbacks booted the following onside kick out of bounds, permitting Alabama to bustle down the clock for the plan stop.
Alabama’s secondary became as soon as torched by Jefferson and Burks on various times. Jefferson done 22 of 30 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns with out an interception. Burks caught eight of those balls for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
While Alabama’s defense struggled on the night time, outdoors linebacker Will Anderson persevered to shine, recording 11 tackles, including 3.5 stops for a loss with a sack and two quarterback hurries. He now has 13.5 sacks and 26.5 tackles for a loss on the year.
Younger’s file efficiency also allowed him to remain in front of the Heisman bustle. Earlier within the day, Ohio Bid quarterback C.J. Stroud done 32 of 35 passing for 432 yards and six touchdowns with out an interception at some level of a 56-7 victory over No. 7 Michigan Bid. Stroud and Younger are now by some distance and away the two most attention-grabbing frontrunners for the award.
Alabama will wrap up its customary season next Saturday as it travels to Auburn for a 2: 30 p.m. CT kickoff. From there, the Tide will play Georgia within the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 4 interior Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.