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Bryce Young’s record-setting effort helps Alabama clinch SEC West with win over Arkansas

Bryce Young (#9) throws a pass for Alabama versus Arkansas
Picture comes via Crimson Tide photos

It has a date with Auburn next week in the Iron Bowl, but Alabama clinched its ninth SEC West crown under Nick Saban with a win over Arkansas at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Despite a slow start, Bryce Young and Jameson Williams got on the same page.

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He tossed three touchdowns to Williams.

The big-play receiver recorded eight catches for 190 yards on 13 targets. He has six 100-yard performances this season, including four versus Southeastern Conference schools. John Metchie is looking healthier with each game.

The junior posted a game-high 10 catches for 173 yards with one touchdown. Young totaled his seventh 300-yard passing effort with 559 yards and five touchdowns on 31 of 40 passes completed in a 42-35 victory for the Tide.

Young passed former Tide quarterback Scott Hunter for most passing yards in a single game.

Hunter tossed for 484 yards versus Auburn in the 1969 Iron Bowl. Cameron Latu had three catches for 58 yards while Slade Bolden totaled three catches for 49 yards.

Brian Robinson carried Alabama’s rushing attack, tallying 122 yards on 27 carries. Trey Sanders had one carry for a yard, but he caught a pass for 38 yards. Despite starting Darrian Dalcourt and Damieon George on the offensive line, the Tide did not consistently flex its muscles in the run game. However, it totaled 613 yards and earned its tenth win of the year.

It took 42 carries (2.6 yards/carry) for Arkansas to gain to get 110 yards rushing.

KJ Jefferson made some plays in the passing game – including three touchdowns – but the Razorbacks did not have their dominant ground game. Treylon Burks had the big plays for Arkansas, catching eight passes for 179 yards with two scores.

Henry To’oto’o lead the defense with 13 total tackles, two sacks, and three tackles for loss. DeMarcco Hellams finished with 10 total tackles – eight solo stops – including one tackle for loss. Will Anderson was responsible for another marquee outing.

The sophomore had 11 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, and two quarterback hurries.

Alabama generated 10 tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries to Jefferson. Arkansas made it interesting, but it’s the Tide winning on senior day.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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