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

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

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

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

He also ran five times for a career-best 100 yards and a touchdown. His previous career high for Rushing was 42 yards against Tennessee last season.

“I’m just trying to do what’s best for the team, whatever the defense is giving me,” Young said of leading football. “But that was definitely interesting. It was definitely not something I planned.”

Young said he’s not used to breaking long runs. He had a run of more than 60 yards.

He joked it was “a new place for me to do cuts and stuff in the field.”

As a junior, Young is attempting to become the first consecutive Heisman winner since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin in 1975.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said that while Young missed a couple of reads in the passing game, “I thought he played really, really well.”

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

“We couldn’t be happier with his performance,” said Saban.

Alabama is making its way to Texas next weekend. The Longhorns are led by coach Steve Sarkisian, who was the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator for 2019-20, including Young’s freshman season.

Two of Young’s touchdown passes against Utah State went to Jermaine Burton.

Alabama has reloaded via the transfer portal this offseason, adding not only Georgia’s Burton, but also Louisville’s wide receiver Tyler Harrell, Georgia Tech’s running back Jahmyr Gibbs, Vanderbilt’s offensive lineman Tyler Steen and LSU’s defensive back Eli Ricks.

The Crimson Tide also return with outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr., who last season won the Bronko Nagurski Award, which goes to college football’s best defensive end.

Anderson, a potential No. 1 pick in next year’s NFL draft, had five tackles, including a tackle for loss. He also had a quarterback in a hurry.

Alabama’s 55-0 win marked the widest lead in the season opener under Saban. The previous record was 46 points, set twice against Western Carolina in 2007 and against USC in 2016. Bryce Young dazzles with 6 TDs as Alabama Crimson Tide roll in opener

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