TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Bryce Young’s five touchdown passes are nothing new for Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winner.
That 63-yard sprint on the left sideline and other big runs represent a rarely seen side of his game.
Young didn’t just throw for those touches – all in the first half – he even ran the 100 yards and scored in Alabama’s No. 1 opening 55-0 win over Utah State on Saturday night.
It was a “wonderful” and “exciting” experience, he said.
“I just try to do whatever’s best for this team, whatever the defense gives us,” Young said. “It’s definitely exciting. It’s definitely not what I planned. For me, it’s just taking whatever the defense gives us.
“Today that’s just what’s available. It’s great.”
The Crimson Tide began the quest to redeem the national title with an unexpected domination from start to finish under the Aggies (1-1). Less predictable: Young’s run.
Known primarily as a passer with a penchant for scrambling and buying time, Young has shown more of his running ability than he did last season, including as a runner. 63 yards on the left side.
Young ran five times after missing a goal last season thanks to a sack last season with the previous 16-meter run. He also completed 18 of 28 195-yard passes before exiting a second-half drive after his TD run.
“I see Bryce doing it often, so it’s not really new to me,” Alabama Safety Brian Branch speak. “Just seeing him as he is out there, really amazing. Playing against a Heisman winner, I can’t describe it.”
Gibbs, who is much talked about his transfer from Georgia Tech, showed his pace with a 58-yard run in his first game after half-time. He finished with 93 yards on nine dashes.
His backup, Jase McClellancatch a pair of passes TD.
Alabama trails the Aggies 559-136 in total yards.
“That’s what it is, and I’ve seen people in the SEC come here and be treated exactly the same way,” the Wyoming coach said. Blake Anderson speak. “We’re not built that way. We’re a long way from being able to play that game physically and appropriately. We’ll probably never be able to.”
Wyoming, which finished last season, won two games in a row against the Power 5 teams and got off to a strong start with a 23-yard record. After that, the attack stalled and the defense was overwhelmed by Young & Co. The Aggies cannot turn a blocked last shot into a point.
Alabama: Take the off-season break after losing to Georgia in the national championship game and become the favorites to win the national championship,. After that, Alabama did pretty much what it wanted against an opponent that wasn’t quite right. The Tide puts some new players on display after losing recipients Jameson Williams and John Metchie III and defender Brian Robinson Jr.
Alabama hasn’t done anything to diminish their status as the must-beat team, but No. 3 Georgia and No. 2 Ohio State have the opportunity to make much bigger claims. The Bulldogs defeated 11th-placed Oregon with a score of 49-3. Buckeyes topped No. 5 Notre Dame Cathedral, Oct. 21.
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Saban emphasized that this was not a perfect performance and that there is still a lot of room for improvement. His players echoed that sentiment.
“That’s great, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Branch said. “It’s not like we played a perfect game.”
Saban added: “No disrespect to Wyoming – their players played their best, they have a good little team. But we’re going to play teams that are physically and energetic and much more talented than they are. what they are, so we’ll have to do everything correctly.”
Wyoming hosts Weber State on September 10.
Alabama visits a Texas team led by former Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian.