Bryce Young dazzles with 6 TDs as Alabama Crimson Tide roll in opener

Tuscaloosa, Alabama — Alabama quarterback Bryce Young started his Heisman Trophy defense with six touchdowns Saturday in a 55-0 win over Utah.

He joins Tua Tagovailoa as the only player in Alabama history to reach six or more touchdowns in a game. Tagovailoa had seven touchdowns against Ole Miss in 2019.

Young completed 18 of 28 passing attempts for 195 yards and five touchdowns with no interceptions. All of his passing touchdowns came in the first half.

He also had five career-highs for 100 yards and a touchdown. His previous career-high rushing record was 42 yards against Tennessee last season.

“I just try to do the best thing for the team, no matter what the defense gives me,” Young said of managing football. “But it’s definitely fun. It’s definitely not what I planned.”

Yang said he was not used to long-distance running. He ran for over 60 yards once.

He joked that it was “my new place to do cuts and stuff in the frontcourt.”

As a junior, Young is seeking to become the first back-to-back Heisman champion since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin in 1975.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said that while Young missed a few reads in the passing game, “I think he played very, very well.”

Saban said Young has done a great job preparing for the season and his leadership has been “extraordinary.”

“We are very pleased with his performance,” Saban said.

Alabama is heading to Texas next weekend. The Longhorns are led by coach Steve Sarkisian, who served as Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator during the 2019-20 season, including Young’s freshman season.

Young’s two touchdown passes to Utah State deflected Jermaine Burton.

Alabama reloaded through the transfer portal this offseason, adding not only Burton from Georgia but wide receiver Tyler Harrell from Louisville, guard Jamil Gibb from Georgia Tech , offensive lineman Tyler Steen from Vanderbilt and defensive back Eli Ricks from LSU.

Crimson Tide also returns to outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr., who won the Bronko Nagurski Award last season for college football’s best defensive player.

As the likely No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL draft, Anderson had five tackles, including a failed tackle. He also has a quarterback rush.

Alabama’s 55-0 win is Saban’s biggest win in next season’s opener. The previous record was 46 points, which were scored twice against Western Carolina in 2007 and against USC in 2016.

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