No. 1 Alabama Football Closes Regular Season with 52-21 Win over Auburn
The No. 1 Alabama football team raced past Auburn in the second half of its regular-season finale in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday, downing the Tigers 52-21. The Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC) outscored the Tigers (7-5, 3-5 SEC) 35-7 in the second half of play.
Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa threw for 324 yards on 25-of-32 passing and accounted for a school-record six touchdowns – five through the air and one rushing. The sophomore went from fifth to tied-for-second with John Parker Wilson on Alabama’s career touchdown passes list with 47 during the game.
Tagovailoa’s scoring passes went to four different players – sophomore receivers Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III (2) and Devonta Smith, along with junior running back Josh Jacobs. Jeudy led all receivers with 77 yards, while senior running back Damien Harris led the Tide running backs with 41 yards rushing.
Junior quarterback Jalen Hurts threw one pass on the night, which went to freshman wide receiver Jaylen Waddle for a 53-yard touchdown.
Junior linebacker Anfernee Jennings had eight tackles, a sack and an interception to lead the Tide defense, while sophomore linebacker Dylan Moses and sophomore defensive lineman LaBryan Ray tallied nine tackles apiece. Ray’s total included one of Alabama’s three sacks on the night.
The Tide returns to action next Saturday, Dec. 1, for a SEC Championship matchup against No. 5 Georgia in Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The game is set for a 3 p.m. CT kickoff on CBS.