Alabama’s Bryce Young shatters school mark with 559 yards passing

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Bryce Young passed for more yards than any Alabama quarterback ever had in a game.

The second-ranked Crimson Tide needed that kind of performance — and every timely deep ball to Jameson Williams, too.

Young completed the feat with 559 yards passing and five touchdowns. The 42-35 win over No. 35 Alabama secured 2 Alabama an invitation to the Southeastern Conference Championship game. 21 Arkansas.

The Tide (11-0, 7-1, No. 2 CFP won its 15th consecutive match against the Razorbacks (7-4 and 3-4) largely due to Young-toWilliams’ deep connection, which continues to be an offensive rescue plan.

Alabama has set up an appointment with No. After a visit by Auburn, Alabama set up a date with No. 1 Georgia on December 4.

“We left a lot of points on the board where we could have put the game away,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “And defensively, we gave up a couple of big plays but the big thing was they were like 10 of 19 on third and fourth down so when we had opportunities to get off the field we didn’t get off the field.”

This one wasn’t settled until Arkansas’s onside kick went out of bounds with 1:02 left.

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The Razorbacks had stayed alive with Raheim Sanders’ 17-yard touchdown catch from K.J. Jefferson was able to reach the goal in just five minutes.

Young made 31 out of 40 passes and was able to stay in the Heisman Trophy discussion. He hit Williams with a perfect pass for a 79 yarder in double coverage, then flipped the ball to Christian Leary to score another touchdown as he seemed ready to run.

It was the second-most passing yards in SEC history, behind Mississippi State’s K.J. Costello, who passed for 623 yards last season against LSU, was the second-most passing yards in SEC history.

Williams caught eight passes to gain 190 yards. He also scored touchdowns at 32, 79, and 40 yards.

“When you have a dynamic playmaker like that you just have to put the ball in the air and let him run under it,” Young said.

John Metchie gained another 173 yards with 10 touchdown catches. Alabama’s Brian Robinson ran for 122 yards on 27 carries.

The clincher was Young’s 40-yarder to Williams in the end zone on third and 10. Replay officials confirmed that Williams was in possession, after which it was reviewed.

The final score was 5:39. Arkansas and Jefferson needed two more scores, but could not deliver just one.

Jefferson completed 22 passes of his 30 for 326 yards with three touchdowns. Treylon Burks was a major contributor to the damage, with eight receptions totaling 179 yards.

“We felt like we had a great chance to win the game and obviously we did,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said. “We just didn’t get enough or didn’t get a stop. We certainly didn’t play a perfect game.”

It gave Alabama double-digit wins for the 14th consecutive season, matching Florida State’s FBS record set from 1987-2000.

Young broken the record of 484 yards passed by Scott Hunter in 1969 against Auburn. Young also broke it just eleven minutes later.

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