AUSTIN (KXAN) — Every season, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner has a so-called “Heisman Moment.”
It’s very early in the season, but Alabama quarterback Bryce Young had one of those moments when he led the Crimson Tide on the game-winning drive in a 20-19 win over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium in front of a record crowd of 105,213.
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On a 2nd-and-5 play with 29 seconds remaining, Young wiggled his way out of a sack and turned what looked to be a big loss into a 20-yard scramble, setting up Will Reichard to hit a game-winning 33-yard field goal with 10 seconds left.
“That was a hell of a college football game,” Sark said. “I thought we played hard and tough and overcame a lot of adversity. We continued to battle and fight. In the end, [Alabama] is the best team in the country. In the end, it still stings.”
Alabama outgained Texas 188-81 in the fourth quarter but only 374-371 for the game. The Texas defense did a good job containing Alabama’s playmakers aside from an 81-yard touchdown run by Jase McClellan in the first quarter. Alabama was flagged 15 times for 100 yards but also had just enough to overcome them.
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Texas starting quarterback Quinn Ewers was off to what had the potential to be a tremendous game, but he left the game after taking a big hit from Alabama’s Dallas Turner in the first quarter. Turner was called for roughing the passer on the play.
Before the injury, Ewers completed 9 of 12 passes for 134 yards and looked to be in control of the game. Hudson Card came in and did a nice job, completing 14 of 22 passes for 158 yards.
Texas kicker Bert Auburn made four out of five field goals, but the one he missed was a 20-yarder right before the end of the first half. The snap was low and the hold was a little slow, and the game’s broadcast showed that an Alabama defender could have tipped it. But nonetheless, it sailed wide and Texas went into the halftime locker room tied with Alabama 10-10 instead of up 13-10.
Auburn made a 49-yard kick to give Texas the lead with 1:29 left in the game. He made kicks from 33, 26 and 24 yards.
It looked as if T’Vondre Sweat sacked Young in the end zone with 9:50 left in the third quarter, but Young got rid of the ball while falling to the ground. Officials also called DeMarvion Overshown for targeting on the play, but later reversed that call. However, what appeared to be intentional grounding on Young wasn’t reviewable, the officials told Sarkisian, and his pass was ruled incomplete which turned a 2-point safety into fourth down, and Alabama punted.
“We had a thoughtful discussion on the sideline and the officials clearly explained the rule that it wasn’t reviewable,” Sarkisian said. “I’m not sure what the initial call was. It was kinda odd.”
Reichard scored the first and last points of the game, beginning the scoring with a 52-yard field goal for Alabama with 8:47 left in the first quarter.
Bijan Robinson scored a touchdown from a yard out on the first play of the second quarter, and the PAT tied the game at 10-10. Robinson finished the game with 57 rushing yards on 21 carries, and the Longhorns rushed for just 79 yards on 33 total carries.
Xavier Worthy had five catches for 97 yards and Jordan Whittington hauled in seven catches for 64 yards. Robinson caught three passes for 73 yards.
Texas defensive back D’Shawn Jamison left the game with an ankle injury in the second quarter, and in the postgame press conference, Sarkisian said he’d know about the severity at a later time.
For Alabama, McClellan ended the day with 97 yards on six carries. Young finished 27 of 39 passing with 213 yards and a touchdown.
“I’m super proud of our guys that they played our style of football,” Sarkisian said. “We made plays when we had opportunities, and we played smart. We played our brand against a quality team.”
Texas (1-1) hosts UTSA at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Alabama (2-0) hosts Texas’ Week 1 opponent Louisiana-Monroe at 3 p.m. Sept. 17.
FINAL: Alabama 20, Texas 19. The Crimson Tide overcome 15 penalties and get a clutch scramble from its Heisman winner Bryce Young when they needed it most.
0:10 4Q: Will Reichard hits a 33-yard field goal. Alabama 20, Texas 19
0:29 4Q: Bryce Young somehow avoids a sack and scampers for a 1st down to the Tex 16-yard line. What a play.
1:29 4Q: Bert Auburn nails a 49-yard field goal to give Texas the lead late, but Alabama has its shot. Texas 19, Alabama 17
2:19 4Q: Card hits a wide open Casey Cain over the middle for a 29-yard gain down to Bama’s 31-yard line
3:55 4Q: Here come the chains … and it’s ruled short. Bama RB Roydell Williams is ruled short and it’s confirmed by review. Texas takes over on down at its own 24-yard line
4:13 4Q: Very lengthy review of the spot after the Gibbs carry. The ball was spotted past the line to gain for a first down, but the call is overturned and it’s now 4th and short for Bama
7:28 4Q: Texas has to punt and Alabama takes over on its own 23-yard line
8:29 4Q: Young scrambles and finds Jahmyr Gibbs for a 7-yard TD. PAT good. Alabama 17, Texas 16
Young converts with a pass over the middle and now Alabama is in business after another completion
9:35 4Q: Texas hurries Young on a pass over the middle and it’s incomplete, setting up 4th and 3 for the Crimson Tide
12:55 4Q: Texas drive stalls deep in Alabama territory, but they still come away with points. Auburn hits a 24-yard FG. Texas 16, Alabama 10
End 3Q: Texas 13, Alabama 10. Longhorns looking to make it a two-score game with 1st and 10 on the Tide 12-yard line to start the 4Q. Alabama has 15 penalties for 100 yards so far today.
5:04 3Q: Alabama gets called for an illegal blindside block behind the play after Young scrambled, turning a first down into 3rd and long.
6:27 3Q: Auburn makes amends and hits a 33-yarder to give Texas the lead. Texas 13, Alabama 10
8:50 3Q: Alabama gives the gift of a personal foul penalty to Texas again, and the Longhorns have a fresh set of downs from the Alabama 23-yard line
The targeting call against Overshown was overturned (correctly), and Young’s pass while in the grasp of Sweat was ruled incomplete. Alabama punted and now Texas is in business in plus-territory.
9:50 3Q: T’Vondre Sweat looked to have Bryce Young down in the end zone for a safety, but for some reason, the officials called DeMarvion Overshown for targeting on the play even though he didn’t make any contact with Young’s head. It would have been a Longhorns safety … and now we wait for an officials review.
10:41 3Q: Daniel Trejo with a tremendous punt. He hits a high-archer that deploys the parachute and lands inside the 1-yard line. Alabama has 99 yards to go to score.
11:13 3Q: Texas shows a little single-wing set with Roschon Johnson taking a snap and running for a couple of yards. Might see more of that as the second half goes on.
13:15 3Q: First drive for Longhorns stalls but Isaac Pearson hits a great punt to back Alabama up to their own 21-yard line.
15:00 3Q: Texas receives the second-half kick
HALFTIME: Texas 10, Alabama 10. Before his injury, Ewers was on his way to a huge day with 134 yards on 9 of 12 passing. Texas squandered an opportunity late to take the lead, and we’ll see if that comes back to haunt them. The defense has played very well, but Alabama coach Nick Saban is a master at making second-half adjustments.
0:00 2Q: Auburn misses a chip shot from 20 yards. That hurts for the Longhorns. Alabama gave them so many chances. Looked like a low snap and Card took a little bit to get the hold down.
0:08 2Q: Another Bama pass interference call and it was in the end zone, giving the Horns the ball at the Bama 2-yard line
0:12 2Q: Alabama gets called for pass interference and it moves the ball to Bama’s 15-yard line
0:25 2Q: Card hits Bijan Robinson out of the backfield for a 42-yard gain down to the Alabama 19-yard line. The Longhorns might have enough juice to take the lead into halftime.
4:35 2Q: The Longhorns defense continues to play well and forces another Alabama punt. Texas takes over on its own 15-yard line and we’ll see if Sarkisian opens up the playbook a little more for Card.
6:07 2Q: Texas drive stalls after two runs and a WR screen don’t go anywhere. Coaching staff clearly isn’t comfortable with Card pushing the ball downfield like they are with Ewers. Alabama takes over on their own 45-yard line.
10:16 2Q: Texas LB Jaylan Ford sacks Young for a huge loss and Alabama has to punt.
Alabama has had three presnap penalties so far today, so clearly, the 102,000 maniacs wearing burnt orange in the stands are having an impact.
12:27 2Q: 3rd and 12 for Alabama after burning their 2nd timeout of the half, and they convert on a Bryce Young pass to Cameron Latu for 14 yards.
14:55 2Q: Bijan Robinson goes off the left side of the line and scores from a yard out. PAT good. Texas 10, Alabama 10
End 1Q: Alabama 10, Texas 3. Longhorns on the doorstep with 2nd and goal at Bama’s 1-yard line. Ewers took a hit and landed awkwardly on the first down play, which ended up being roughing the passer called on Bama’s Dallas Turner. Hudson Card is now at QB for Texas.
0:55 1Q: Ewers goes deep to Worthy down the sideline and the sophomore hauls it in for 46 yards down to the Alabama 2-yard line.
2:34 1Q: Alabama RB Jase McClellan rips off an 81-yard touchdown run on the first play of the Tide’s second drive. PAT good. Alabama 10, Texas 3
2:56 1Q: Bert Auburn ties it up with a 26-yard field goal following a 15-play, 67-yard drive that took 5:56 off the clock. Texas 3, Alabama 3
3:01 1Q: Texas has the ball 3rd and goal from the Alabama 8-yard line out of the first media timeout.
5:34 1Q: Alabama lines up offsides after Texas picks up the tempo and goes quick, giving the Horns a new set of downs
6:54 1Q: Right after a big play by Texas gets called back due to a blindside block, Quinn Ewers finds Xavier Worthy for an 18-yard pass down the right sideline.
8:47 1Q: Texas stops Alabama’s drive behind an Ovie Oghoufo, but Will Reichard drills a 52-yard field goal to give Bama an early lead. Alabama 3, Texas 0
15:00 1Q: Alabama won the toss and chose to take the ball to start the game. Here we go!
10 a.m.: An hour before kickoff and fans are starting to make their way to their seats. The student section is already full and so is the press box. It wasn’t even half-full for the game against Louisiana-Monroe. Imagine that.