By: Nick Robbins
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.– It was all Alabama as the Crimson Tide run away 34-0 winners over Austin Peay on a cold, cloudy day at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Defense was the story for Alabama as they stonewall the Governors all day.
The Alabama defense recorded two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Kool-Aid McKinstry recorded the tides first interception, picking off Austin Peay QB Mike DiLello with 5:36 left in the 2nd quarter. Brian Branch would get the other interception with 10:55 left in the 4th quarter. Damon Payne Jr. recovered a fumble with 7:13 left in the 3rd quarter.
Alabama would finish the day with a shut out against the Governors with the defesne looking strong after a good performance last week against Ole Miss.
“It is always great to get a shutout,” said Nick Saban post game. “We are going to keep emphasizing getting turnovers.”
Alabama kicked the scoring off during a long first drive with Jase McClellan scoring on 4th and 1 from the 1-yard line. The play was reviewed and there was debate about whether he broke the plain, which was ultimately confirmed.
“I had to get in,” said Jase McClellan. “I knew I got in.”
Bryce Young had a strong day, 18-24 for 221 and two passing touchdowns. Jalen Milroe and Ty Simpson both saw limited action, each getting a drive. Milroe threw an interception during his drive.
Bryce Young and Jermaine Burton would be on the same wavelength all say as Burton would finish with seven grabs for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Isaiah Bond, Traeshon Holden and JoJo Earle all had three catches.
McClellan finished the day with 17 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns. It was first career 100-yard rushing game. Roydell Williams and Jamarion Miller each had 10 carries.
Austin Peay Quarterback Mike DiLello was 20-32 for 147 yards and two interceptions. Running back CJ Evans Jr picked up 51 yards on 14 carries. Defensive back Cedarius Doss had an interception.
Alabama now turns its focus to the Iron Bowl where they take on in state rival Auburn and look to end a down year on a positive note. Post-game linebacker Henry To’oTo’o was about the rivalry.
“We hate them, they hate us. The state of Alabama takes pride in this game.”