TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – – Bryce Young season-high 385 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Alabama beat Vanderbilt 55-3 on Saturday night in the Southeast Conference opener for both teams.
It was the first 300-yard game of the season for defending champion Heisman Trophy, who did not play in the fourth quarter and completed 25 of 36 passes.
The Crimson Tide (4-0, 1-0) chose to broadcast it with Commodores (3-2, 0-1) and eventually received big games and plays from multiple receivers. That was the most passing yards for Young since perhaps locking Heisman with 421 yards against Georgia in the SEC championship game.
“I think our plan in this game is that we’re going to spread these guys out more and try to hit them in the back line,” said Alabama coach Nick Saban. “We think we’ve had some pretty good games.”
Alabama beats Vandy 628-129 in total yards.
Ja’Corey Brooks had one night in his career, all in the first half when he had six 117-yard catches and two touchdowns. Transfer of Georgia Jermaine Burton had his biggest game for Tide: 94 yards on four catches, including a 48-yard player.
Saban said: “We had high expectations for what our boys could do and Ja’Corey certainly did not disappoint tonight. “He had a great start to the game.”
Jahmyr Gibbswho started the first three games in the back, mostly lined up at the receiver while Jase McClellan take over in the backyard. McClellan ran 78 yards and touched the ball 11 times. Gibbs caught three 43-yard passes and one point.
Freshman Vanderbilt AJ Swann completed 13 of 26 115-yard passes on his second start after throwing 255 yards and four touchdowns against Northern Illinois.
Vanderbilt: Avoided a third straight loss in the series after losing their last two meetings by a combined score of 93-0. It was still Commodores’ 23rd straight loss to Tide and 22nd straight loss to SEC teams.
Alabama: Putting future opponents, including three consecutive ranked teams this week, something to think about with passing down the field and ranking Gibbs as a receiver with such frequency. Linebacker Will Anderson Jr. there are 2-1/2 bags. Defensive formation Byron Young The rest were sprained ankles.
BROOKS ‘BIG NIGHTS’
Brooks is primarily known for his knock-down touchdown in the final seconds against Auburn to force overtime last season. This is his biggest overall match to date. The sophomore had four 62-yard catches in three games. Brooks caught passes in four consecutive plays in 68 yards and TD in one drive.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Alabama could return to No. 1 – or at least close the gap – after Georgia struggled in its 39-22 win over Kent State. Saban, incidentally, is an alumnus of Kent State.
Vanderbilt: Got a Saturday break before facing 16 Mississippi on October 8.
Alabama: Visit Arkansas No. 10 to kick off a three-match run against ranked teams.