Tuscaloosa, Ala. A positive COVID-19 test couldn’t push Nick Saban off the sidelines, and Georgia’s declared defense had little hope of keeping the Alabama game makers out of the finish zone.
McJohns ran 417 yards and four touchdowns, and the No. 2 Crimson Tide beat Georgia No. 3 in the second half of their 41–24 win Saturday night. It ended up being a decisive victory for Bama in the Southeast Conference collision The last remaining teams unbeaten.
Crimson Tide climbed (4-0), as Saban was chasing the sideline after all, with three touchdowns in a 10-minute period starting in the late third quarter.
Ultimately, the better offensive scoring goals for the nation had the sure upper hand in a battle with the Bulldogs (3-1) and One of the nation’s best defenses.
“That was a clear, brilliant win over a very good football team,” said Saban, who was sent off early the next day. COVID positive H. “I was very proud of the way our men fought in the match.
“I kind of knew it was going to be a 15-round battle and we wouldn’t win until the last rounds.”
Georgia had no answer for Jones and co-stars Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith, especially with the beleaguered Alabama defense garnering two second-half objections and three public objections. New player Malachi Moore had a goal on the goal line and brought it back 42 yards.
Smith picked up 11 passes for 167 yards and 2 drops, including one in the fourth quarter which made them elusive.
Waddle caught a 90-yard touch pass and gained 161 yards with six grabs. Jones completed 24 assists of 32 and was strong after intercepting the opening game.
“The goal was to just win the game,” Jones said. “You can look at their defense. They have good players in high school, they have good players, they have good defensive line but we are.”
Then there was some old school and pound land, too. Nagy Harris Gained 152 yards in 31 carry carriages with a landing during the game grab. He did so against the nation’s best defense, which allowed for 38 yards and 12.3 points per match.
Stetson Bennett completed 18 of 40 passes for 269 yards and two touchdowns, including 82 yards for James Cook. But he had three objections.
Bennett was angry at himself for his mistakes, especially the last objection he threw at his body, describing it as “just stupid.”
“I was so frustrated with myself,” said the former passenger.
Alabama got a boost about seven hours before the match when he was The SEC board acquitted coach Saban To return to business as usual, Wednesday’s COVID test identification was a false positive. Negative test Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
“It was very emotional,” he said.
“It was just so crazy,” Jones said. “We were at a junior quarterback meeting and he just showed up.”
Unmasked Saban was shouting at the referee after a deliberate grounding call in the second quarter.
Tide won its last six meetings with Georgia, Including a 3-0 record against former Saban defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart. The first two came in the January 2018 National Championship match and the SEC Championship game the following season.
This was the first one that didn’t go down to the wire. Georgia’s defense allowed 564 yards.
Smart said, “I was only frustrated that we couldn’t achieve anything in the second half, especially the opening engine.” I thought we would be able to run the ball and we stopped and lost momentum after that point, especially after they hit the long, big bomb of Canyon.
Replay the match, please? The Bulldogs left hoping for a rematch for the SEC, definitely a strong possibility.
“That’s what everyone in the changing room was saying,” Bennett said. “Our destiny is still in control. We won, we will be in the SEC. Everything is still ahead.”
Alabama: The defense is still more generous than usual in Tuscaloosa, but has put on some big plays. Crime continues to unfold, and it seems these recipients cannot be stopped. Saban is now 22-0 against his former assistants.
Georgia: led 24-20 deep in the third quarter, gaining 410 yards. But the defense was too stifling to counter.
Clemson did nothing to weaken his claim to the top, but the decisive Alabama win may bridge the gap somewhat. Georgia probably won’t drop much from the top ten.
Georgia visits Kentucky, and it’s fresh from a big win over Tennessee.
Alabama visits traditional rival Tennessee.
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