INDIANAPOLIS – Alabama entered the National Championship with only one of the best receivers this season. Jameson Williams was a starter, but John Metchie III did not wear a uniform after suffering a ACL injury in the SEC Championship last month against Georgia.
By Monday night’s game, Williams and Metchie took 56% of the yards they received in Alabama.
Alabama lost the second half of the duo who received late in the second half. Williams suffered a knee injury in a 40-yard touchdown pass, and never returned.
It was very painful for the former Ohio State man, who grew up to be a star in Tuscaloosa and was one of Alabama’s key players in defeating Georgia in the SEC Championship. The mob remained silent as he descended to the ground, then joined in and raised his voice as he left the field and later heard from Alabama’s faithful as he returned to the locker room for further investigation.
Before leaving the game, Williams had 65 yards out of four teams, leading Alabama at the time. He also had the longest record at the time with his 40-yard touchdown run. The match led to a field that gave Alabama a 6-3 lead.
“Losing someone like J-Mo is difficult,” Young said at a press conference after the game. “But he’s been our head and overcame adversity. A lot of the guys went up at a great time, and the guys we got used to. And I’m very proud of the way we played offensively, the way people progressed.”
Quarterback Bryce Young did all he could to change, finishing with 369 yards out, but the waves were won by Georgia in the fourth round and fell 33-18. The game was released when, one game after Alabama crashed the first eagle inside Georgia 20, Young threw a path that was returned 79 yards by Kelee Ringo who sealed the loss.
Throughout the game, Young looked to put the finishing touches on Cameron Latu, who finished the night with 102 yards receiving and only Alabama touch. The highest night of Latu reception in the season before Monday night was only 58 yards in November.
Agiye Hall, who previously only won 20 yards this season, finished with 52 yards in just two places. Hall won 28 yards out of Alabama’s nine games at the start of the third quarter, which also ended with a field goal.
Traeshon Holden (28 yards), Brian Robinson Jr. (28 yards), Ja’Corey Brooks (47 yards) and Slade Bolden (48 yards) also stepped up to help Alabama move the ball. Young people could not do anything in the red area. In the case of the players who climbed, coach Nick Saban thought that his experience in the game would help them to finish well next season.
“I think it will help them a lot [heading into next season]”Saban said. As a result, he did not have the ability to enter. And he was lucky and made some plays. And I’m sure this will boost their confidence. And they will grow and learn from this. And it will be good for them and their development in the future. “
Young led Alabama to a 17-play drive in the third, moving the team from their 2-yard line to Georgia’s 30-yard line. Driving ended with a field-tested attempt. The drive took seven and a half minutes, but Alabama finished with zero.
Alabama have run 27 games for 139 yards on their last two cars, and have three points to show.
Georgia 13, Alabama 12 and 12:59 remaining in the fourth round.
– Bill Bender (@ BillBender92) January 11, 2022
The youngster chased Stetson Bennett by 145 yards, but only threw one pass. And, Young was beaten for failing to test two points after his hit. Alabama failed to beat Georgia defense – Young dropped twice and was sent off three times.
“It’s up to me to do well,” Young said. “People rode in big times when they should have. And we were lucky, we were lucky. And at the end of the day I didn’t take the ball to the last spot. And that’s up to me.”
One passing for Young Monday night was narrower. The 2021 winner Heisman Trophy threw 45 touchdowns coming into the playoffs. He threw three times when Alabama played Georgia in the SEC Championship last month.
After Alabama hit once, Georgia got 20 unanswered points to take the national title. Alabama’s last three runs resulted in three runs and two off-field passes, six picks and seven games, 16-yard runners when the time ran out.
Williams, who is younger, has never announced the NFL Draft, and it is unclear what his injury will do in the election.