TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — – Alabama scored on an extended landing move, a pick-six and a blocked punt.
And that was simply the primary six minutes.
The Crimson Tide (3-0) scored on offense, protection and particular groups within the first six minutes and raced to a 28-0 first-quarter lead. It was a whirlwind begin in opposition to the Warhawks (1-2) every week after a a lot closer-than-expected victory over Texas price Alabama the No. 1 rating.
Afterward, Tide coach Nick Saban challenged the staff to play to this system’s all the time lofty commonplace extra persistently.
“There’s some proof on the market that that is the usual we wish to play to,” Saban mentioned, noting that the competitors will get harder with Southeastern Convention play upcoming.
It wasn’t a seamless efficiency all through for both the Tide offense or Younger, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. However particular groups got here by way of, together with a school-record for punt return yards.
Younger accomplished 13 of 18 passes for 236 yards but in addition threw his first two interceptions of the season. He did run for a 7-yard rating, the place he spun close to the aim line and dove throughout.
Anderson returned his first profession interception 25 yards for a landing, one play after Younger’s preliminary choose. The nationwide sacks chief a 12 months in the past, he additionally bought his second sack of the season.
“What cannot he do?” cornerback/return man Kool-Aid McKinstry mentioned.
“He was in all probability stunned he caught it, I ain’t gonna lie,” linebacker Henry To’oTo’o mentioned. “He had just a little stiff-arm and he was simply watching it after they did the highlights on the board. And he was like, ‘I am unable to imagine I did that.'”
Malachi Moore bought a brief scoop-and-score after Ja’Corey Brooks’ blocked punt.
“It went like most individuals thought it might go,” Louisiana-Monroe coach Terry Bowden mentioned. “They have been simply too good for us in each section of the sport. You possibly can watch the video and say that is type of what you are entering into, however you continue to put together for them to not play properly or one thing to go improper. And you’ve got a greater sport.
“And as I talked to the staff afterwards, they have been so good in each section.”
Jahmyr Gibbs remained the Tide’s most versatile weapon. He gained 36 yards on 9 carries and caught 4 passes for 65 yards, together with a 37-yard landing when he juked one defender and shed a few downfield deal with makes an attempt.
The Tide outgained Louisiana-Monroe 509-169.
Louisiana-Monroe: Managed to maintain a horrid begin from snowballing much more for awhile and truly was solely outgained 132-125 earlier than Alabama’s remaining drive of the second half. Bowden is now 3-4 in opposition to the Tide, with the primary six conferences as coach of rival Auburn from 1993-98.
Alabama: This one will not imply a lot within the huge image for Alabama’s season, nevertheless it began out as a pleasant, swift rebound from the Texas sport. The Tide did have a lull earlier than a pristine Younger-directed TD drive within the remaining two minutes earlier than the half.
Alabama had 262 punt return yards to interrupt a 75-year-old sport report set in opposition to LSU in 1947. McKinstry flirted with scores on returns and Brian Branch produced one within the fourth quarter. McKinstry averaged 34 yards on his first 4 returns. Then Department returned a punt 68 yards for a TD. Gibbs additionally had a 57-yard kick return.
“The blockers did their job and I am unable to do something however give them thanks for creating the lanes for me to take,” McKinstry mentioned.
There is no likelihood Alabama will overtake No. 1 Georgia on Sunday after the Bulldogs beat South Carolina 48-7. Likelihood is the Tide will keep put.
Alabama’s receivers, for probably the most half, are having quiet seasons. The tight ends, nonetheless, got here up huge on the ultimate first-half drive. Cameron Latu had three catches, together with a 38-yarder when he reached over a defender downfield. Freshman reserve Amari Niblack then caught his first move, a 15-yard TD.
Alabama hosts Vanderbilt within the Southeastern Convention opener.
Louisiana-Monroe hosts Louisiana.