Georgia’s halftime lead towards Alabama disappeared fairly shortly.
The No. 2 Crimson Tide capitalized on two second-half interceptions to attain 21 straight factors and switch a 24-20 deficit right into a 41-24 lead in lower than 10 minutes in its win over No. three Georgia.
DeVonta Smith, the person who caught the title-winning TD cross from Tua Tagovailoa in extra time of the 2018 nationwide title sport, had 10 catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns. That second rating pushed Alabama’s result in 17 factors with lower than 10 minutes to go and put the sport out of attain for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama’s burst began with a 90-yard landing cross from Mac Jones to Jaylen Waddle. That gave Alabama its first lead because the Tide scored the primary landing of the sport within the first quarter. Alabama by no means trailed once more after Waddle’s rating.
Jones threw 4 touchdowns and rebounded extraordinarily nicely after he threw an interception on his first cross of the sport. Richard LeCounte picked off Jones after a cross floated by the air when Jones was hit within the again as he removed the ball.
Three performs after Jones threw that interception, Georgia QB Stetson Bennett was intercepted by Justin Eboigbe after the cross was deflected on the line of scrimmage. Not like Jones, that wasn’t Bennett’s final choose of the night time. Bennett’s two interceptions within the second half — one off a deflection, one off a cross that wasn’t going wherever close to a Georgia participant — instantly led to every of Alabama’s touchdowns after Waddle’s rating.
Alabama’s scoring streak
Alabama has now scored 35 or extra factors in 17 consecutive video games. The Tide hasn’t scored lower than 35 since a 44-16 loss to Clemson within the nationwide title sport to finish the 2018 season.
It’s a outstanding streak for any staff, not to mention a staff coached by Nick Saban. However it’s additionally the most effective proof of how Saban’s groups have advanced in his Alabama tenure. A staff that was as soon as constructed off a dominant protection and clock-chewing run sport can rating from any spot on the sphere and has probably the most dynamic receiving duo within the nation in Waddle and Smith. Simply ask Georgia’s protection, a unit that entered the sport thought to be the most effective within the nation.
Nick Saban now 22-Zero towards former assistants
It appeared extremely unlikely that Nick Saban would be capable of coach Saturday night time on Wednesday afternoon after Alabama introduced that Saban had examined constructive for COVID-19. However Saban, who had not proven any signs, examined damaging for the virus Thursday, Friday and Saturday. These three exams meant that Wednesday’s take a look at was thought of a possible false constructive and allowed him to be on the sideline for Saturday night time’s sport.
The win additionally pushes Saban’s document towards his former assistants to 22-0. Georgia coach and former Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Good has now misplaced to Saban thrice.
Saban can run his document to 23-Zero subsequent week. The Crimson Tide play at Tennessee. The Volunteers, coached by former Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt, are 2-2 after back-to-back losses.
A rematch on the horizon?
The win leaves Alabama as the one undefeated staff within the SEC. And it shouldn’t drop Georgia down an excessive amount of within the AP High 25 on Sunday. No. four Notre Dame wasn’t that spectacular in a 12-7 win over Louisville and No. 5 North Carolina misplaced to Florida State on Saturday.
Georgia remains to be top-of-the-line groups within the nation and it’s exhausting to see them as something lower than a co-favorite within the SEC East. Meaning our possibilities of seeing Alabama and Georgia meet within the SEC title sport for the second time in three seasons are fairly good. Whereas Ole Miss gave Alabama run every week in the past, it’s exhausting to see anybody slowing Alabama down sufficient for a full sport if Georgia’s protection can’t do it.
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Nick Bromberg is a author for Yahoo Sports activities.
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