CFA Kickoff: The Tide rolls over the ‘Canes

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Alabama Crimson Tide backmost Bryce Young smiles to the fans aft his squad defeated the Miami Hurricanes astatine Mercedes-Benz Stadium connected Satuday, September 4, 2021. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

College Football is backmost and determination is nary amended practice of this fantastic athletics than the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game arsenic the fig 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide took connected the Miami Hurricanes. The yearly kickoff crippled was held astatine Mercedes-Benz Stadium with a assemblage of 71,829 crazed assemblage shot fans. After past year’s season, the 2021 run is backmost astatine afloat swing. 

The Tide rolled close implicit the Hurricanes successful a 44-13 victory. 

With Alabama losing astir of their violative starters from past year’s title squad, this squad did not amusement immoderate slack with the newcomers. Their astir notable newcomer, Bryce Young, came successful arsenic a gunslinger from California successful his vocation start. He made past arsenic helium became the archetypal Alabama backmost to propulsion 4 touchdowns successful his debut. The erstwhile grounds of 3 touchdown passes was jointly held by Joe Willie Namath and Mac Jones.

“Oh, I deliberation Bryce did really, truly well. You know, he’s smart,” said Alabama caput manager Nick Saban. “Most radical conscionable look astatine the stats and accidental helium was immoderate helium was, for immoderate helium was for this galore yards.

But, you know, helium redirects the protection, helium plays similar a seasoned retired there. And, you know, we had the one, you know, sack fumble which was thing that we don’t truly privation to have. But, really, not each his responsibility that helium doesn’t get protected.”

Alabama Crimson Tide caput manager Nick Saban speaks to fans aft his squad defeated the Miami Hurricanes astatine Mercedes-Benz Stadium connected Satuday, September 4, 2021. (Photo: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

Young finished the time 27-of-38 throwing for 344 yards, with the aforementioned 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Meanwhile, the Miami Hurricanes came into today’s crippled with 19 starters returning from their 2020 season. The anticipation was they’d enactment up a combat against Alabama. However, their discourtesy struggled to get retired of archetypal cogwheel erstwhile the crippled mattered most.

Sixth twelvemonth elder QB D’Eriq King completed 23-of-30 for 179 yards for 1 touchdown portion throwing 2 interceptions. He besides mislaid a fumble. The Hurricanes went into halftime down 27-3.

“Quite simply, conscionable congratulations to Alabama. They played an outstanding game,” Miami caput manager Manny Diaz said. “I thought the quality successful the crippled was 3rd down offense. I thought their backmost made immoderate plays, keeping plays live extracurricular the pouch that extended drives that kept our discourtesy disconnected the field. Offensively, we had a hard clip getting successful a bushed due to the fact that of that. I thought their beforehand is arsenic advertised. Gave america a batch of occupation getting going. I’m arrogant for the mode the guys competed successful the 2nd half.”

Miami was yet capable to enactment a touchdown connected the committee midway done the 3rd 4th erstwhile King connected with Xavier Restrepo for a 29 gait touchdown, which made the people 41-10 with 5:18 remaining successful the 3rd quarter. But, Miami converted 6-of-14 of their 3rd down opportunities and could lone muster 266 yards of offense, compared to Alabama’s 501 yards.

“He’s a rival truthful he’s wounded due to the fact that helium came present to triumph the game,” Diaz said erstwhile asked astir his quarterback, King. “But I thought helium was brave. I thought helium was sharp. I thought helium made immoderate fantabulous throws.”

Alabama antiaircraft lineman Phidarian Mathis celebrates aft recovering a fumble during the archetypal fractional of a assemblage shot crippled against the Miami Hurricanes connected Saturday, September 4, 2021. (Photo by: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

As Miami regroups, the Tide are looking to physique upon today’s win.

“I deliberation we’ve conscionable got to finish,” said Alabama antiaircraft lineman PhiDarian Mathis. “That’s going to beryllium a large happening for america successful the aboriginal is finishing. We’ve got to decorativeness the full crippled out. I deliberation we benignant of fto up and laid backmost towards the extremity and that’s thing we’ve got to hole quickly.”

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