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Alabama Football and QB Bryce Young aren’t Going Down Without a Fight

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Thousands of spectators flipped on their cellphone flashlights as the lights darkened at Jordan-Hare Stadium, and DMX’s “Party Up” played over the loudspeakers. Auburn fans, who had cheered for most of the night, and Tigers players, who had celebrated frequently throughout the first three quarters, had nothing left to cheer about.

Despite having one of the worst offensive performances of the Nick Saban era during the regular season, No. 3 Alabama rallied to overcome Auburn 24-22 in the fourth overtime period on Saturday. Crimson Tide quarterback Bryce Young led the team on a 12-play, 97-yard touchdown drive with 1:35 left in the fourth quarter, behind by seven points and their College Football Playoff prospects hanging in the balance.

Young found John Metchie III for a 2-point convert in the fourth overtime to win it after Auburn ran out the clock, prompting the first overtime in Iron Bowl history.

Young was a Heisman Trophy favorite heading into the weekend, but he labored for much of the game. He completed 12 of 26 throws for 138 yards in the opening three quarters, with no touchdowns and one interception. In his prior 225 pass attempts, it was his first interception. You can also read more about Who are The Best Football Players in 2021.

Young, on the other hand, completed 12 of 22 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime, with no interceptions.

Auburn, on the other hand, came close to derailing their plans a week early, in what would have been the most surprising outcome of an already perplexing weekend. Saturday’s events were enough to leave any college football fan shocked and perplexed. In the end, one thing was clear: Alabama is still Alabama, and it will play a role in this year’s championship race well into December.

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