Alabama quarterback Bryce Young pulled himself together in Saturday’s Iron Bowl fourth overtime in Auburn. He threw a blow towards the pylon to John metchie, who did the rest and gave the Crimson Tide a thrilling 24-22 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Nick saban and the Alabama sideline erupted in glee after the comeback victory kept Crimson Tide’s College Football Playoff hopes alive ahead of next week’s SEC Championship game. Alabama trailed 10 points in the fourth quarter before forcing overtime with a 97-yard 12-play run that spanned 1:11, capped by Ja’Cory Brooks’ 28-yard touchdown reception from Young in third and 10 with 24 seconds remaining.
The teams traded scores in the first two overtime, before Young found Metchie twice in back-to-back two-point attempts to win him.
– TC Vidz (@TC_Vidz) November 28, 2021
Young finished with 317 passing yards and two touchdowns to mark his Heisman moment.
“It still hasn’t worked out for us, but man, you can never imagine players competing in a game better than they competed in this game,” Saban said after the game, via BamaOnline. “I’m talking about the defense getting saves when they need them. The offense ran 97 yards to tie the game. The players who were playing and making plays that hadn’t played much this year were from young players. But after half-time it seemed like everyone was on their toes and we were fighting like I’ve never seen each other fight all year, and that’s a great feeling. The players were as happy as I ever saw them after the game. “
Ranked behind Ohio State to start the day, Alabama (11-1) could move up in Sunday’s new AP standings unless undefeated Cincinnati grab second place.
“I just had a feeling the way we played in defense that we were going to have opportunities and be able to come back into the game,” said Saban. “Now I thought it wasn’t a good feeling when we botched the first shot on goal from the field and I didn’t score any runs on that record, but then we went 10 in a row. really good. I mean, more than anything else sometimes you should compare what you do in this profession to how many games you win or how many winners you help develop so they have a chance to be known not only as winners in the field but winners in life as well, and the way these guys sort of overcame adversity in this game and showed great resilience in the way that they played.
“And I told them that after that in the locker room after the game. It’s something that you should always remember when you’re doing your best and fighting and really believing in something and doing it. do together as a group what you can accomplish. It could happen to you at some point in your life too. But I can tell you that it feels good. It really feels good to come back and win. “