Alabama Crimson Tide Football
Alabama escapes USF: First thoughts on Tyler Buchner, Ty Simpson and messy weather win
. Alabama still hasn’t lost consecutive regular season games since 2007. Here are some preliminary results:
Buchner, Simpson create more questions QB
The biggest topic The main part of Saturday’s game was the quarterback competition, which once again took place in Alabama. The move to Notre Dame started with Tyler Buchner and before the game it was announced that Ty Simpson would be the No. 1 overall pick.2nd with previous starter Jalen Milroe at 3,
. Saturday’s result raised more questions than answers.
Buchner completed just 5 of 14 passes for 34 yards and led the offense with zero points. Buchner looked very uncomfortable and couldn’t place the ball accurately, even from short distances.After five carries and a total of 78 yards, Nick Saban chose Simpson.
Simpson was much more impressive in his first significant snaps as Alabama’s quarterback: 5 of 9 passes for 73 yards, a game-winning rushing touchdown and no turnovers. All 17 of Alabama’s points came under Simpson’s leadership. He deserves credit for taking care of the ball under pressure throughout the game. His best game was a 45-yard touchdown run for C.J. Dippre for the first touchdown of the third quarter.
Simpson also forced offsides on South Florida, making the score 10-3 late in the fourth quarter. That first down allowed Simpson’s quarterback to sneak into the end zone and end the game – a good start given the circumstances.
What will happen next? Milroe did not play on Saturday. So what does this mean after he started in the first two games?How will Saban evaluate Buchner and Simpson? And finally, who will face Ole Miss? The questions inevitably remain.
Overall bad day for the offense
The quarterback play is questionable, but overall it was a disastrous day for the Alabama offense. Saturday’s game featured a rare highlight for Saban’s teams: five straight punts to start the game.Alabama’s first points came on a 30-yard field goal by Will Reichard after a forced defensive error sent the ball to South Florida’s 25-yard line.
One of Alabama’s biggest offensive problems last week against Texas was its over-reliance on explosive plays. Saturday’s game brought more of the same. 68 percent of Alabama’s total yards (213 of 310) were generated by explosive plays (passes of 15 yards, runs of 10 yards). run after.Seniors Jase McClellan and Roydell Williams each averaged
games at South Florida and made several big plays, but the Tide largely contained the Bulls’ offense. The only turnover was the result of a deflected punt by Kool-Aid McKinstry in Alabama territory, which resulted in a 44-yard field goal.
on 5.0 yards per carry, for a total of eight major points. Williams’ 129 rushing yards will earn him a lot of recognition