3 Alabama late rally, survives 4 extra times to defeat Auburn

3 Alabama late rally, survives 4 extra times to defeat Auburn

Auburn, Ala. – John Mitchie got a pass from Bryce Young in the fourth overtime to give third-placed Alabama a 24-22 victory over rival Auburn on Saturday, salvaging Crimson Tide’s national title hopes.

It was his first Iron Bowl overtime.

“Wow, what a match,” said Tide coach Nick Saban.

Freshman Kool-Aid McKinstry missed TJ Finley’s pass in the final OT and hit Young Metchie just as he did on the previous pass.

Alabama (11-1, 7-1 Southeast Conference) moves on to face #1 ranked Georgia in the league championship with its College Football game hopes on the line. The Tigers (6-6, 3-5) lost their fourth game in a row after Young’s chokehold and prolific backing most of the way.

Saban said: “After the first half it was like everyone was all in and we were fighting like I hadn’t seen us fight all year. Our players were as happy as I saw them before after the match.”


Young capped the 97-yard run with a 28-yard touchdown for freshman Ja’Corey Brooks — his third catch and first touchdown of the season — with 24 seconds remaining in regulation.

Young converted 4th and 7th to Jahleel Billingsley, followed by a decrease under pressure for a foul that was suspended for 59 minutes.

“It was crazy. It was crazy,” Young, who passed for 317 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, said. “When you play in the Iron Bowl, what else are you supposed to expect? Throughout all the ups and downs, right up to that last drive, I have great confidence in my buddies.

“My confidence has never been shaken.”

There were times when it was easy to stand up to Auburn’s defense that yielded little.

The two teams exchanged touches and field goals in the first overtime and both provided scoring passes after lining up from 3 the first time.

The Tigers were trying to win the third straight petanque at Jordan Hare, and they almost pulled it off.


Alabama was without two of its best offensive players in overtime.

Tailback Brian Robinson was on the line with an obvious leg injury he sustained earlier in the match. Star receiver Jameson Williams has been sent off for targeting over cover gambling in the first half.

Held at 70 yards in the first inning, Young finished 25 of 51, several completions for Michy.

Michi caught 13 passes for 150 yards.

Auburn’s TJ Finley, who started the last two games after the Bo Knics injured his ankle at the end of the season, was in 17 of 26 for 137 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

take away

Alabama barely looked ready to take on the Bulldogs and the nation’s top defense most of the way. The Tide took 11 penalties for 129 yards and surrendered seven sacks a few days after coach Nick Saban called out the fans for being critical because his side didn’t blow opponents.

Auburn’s defense played superbly and carried on for the dear life of a team that blew two consecutive double-digit strings. The advantage of domestic stadiums is still enormous in this intense rivalry even if the Tigers fail in the end.


The repercussions of the opinion poll

Alabama had a chance to climb after second Ohio State fell 42-27 to Michigan in fifth. A prolonged struggle with an unranked team makes that less certain.

the following

Alabama: Georgia faces #1 in the SEC Championship game.

Auburn: Waiting for the bowl’s destination.


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