Alabama football defeats Southern Miss: Jameson Williams’ 2 touchdowns
In a day of upheaval and near upheaval in college football, the Alabama No.1 made sure his game against Southern Miss was not added to the roster.
The Crimson Tide jumped on the Golden Eagles immediately Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium and rarely gave up. Alabama improved to 4-0 with the victory over the Golden Eagles.
Here are our observations and takeaways:
Jameson ‘the Jet’ Williams can go
Before the Golden Eagles could even blink, a No.1 Crimson jersey flew past them.
Jameson Williams showed his speed and returned the game’s first kick from 100 yards to give Alabama an immediate lead. He also managed to get rid of an arm tackle during his long run.
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Then Williams struck again in the second quarter when he got behind the Southern Miss cover and caught a pass for 81 yards offside.
And if that wasn’t enough for Williams to prove he’s fast, Williams returned an 83-yard kickoff in the fourth quarter for another touchdown. His 59 yards per return is an Alabama record.
Three touchdowns, three quick performances from the Ohio State transfer.
Bryce Young continues to impress
Young added more good tape to his 2021 reel against Southern Miss.
Before having his first interception of the season in the third quarter against the Golden Eagles, Young was 20-21 with 313 yards and five touchdowns. And the interception was more on Jameson Williams than on Young; Williams pulled the pass and a Southern Miss defensive back snatched the ball into the air.
Running defense improves
Yes, it’s against Southern Miss and not Florida, but the run defense has proven to be pretty solid nonetheless.
The Golden Eagles must have caught up almost immediately, but when the Southern Miss ran, Alabama handled it well. In the first half, the Crimson Tide allowed just eight yards on 14 attempts. For reference, the Gators are averaging nearly six yards per run as Alabama struggled to stop anything on the ground in Gainesville.
The Golden Eagles had a few solid points in the second half, but Alabama didn’t let ground play systematically cut it like the week before.
Alabama will want to try and replicate Southern Miss’s performance against Ole Miss next week.
Alabama finally has a 100-yard rusher
No Crimson Tide player has gone 100 yards yet this season on Saturday, but that streak ended thanks to Roydell Williams.
He, along with Jase McClellan, fulfilled the starter Brian Robinson who was not playing. Coach Nick Saban said Robinson was day to day with an injury ahead of the game. Robinson got dressed, but he did not see the field.
Williams, who started the season at the bottom of the running backs depth chart, became the first to fall back 100 yards. And he didn’t need more than the first half to do it against Southern Miss.
He had a 55-yard run that propelled him to 102 yards at halftime. He also scored one of six Crimson Tide touchdowns in the first half.
Sensitive defense with tight passes
While the Golden Eagles didn’t have much success on attacking plays in the first half, switching to tight end Grayson Gunter has been a success more than once for the Golden Eagles.
For a while he had most of Southern Miss’s park. He averaged about 20 yards per reception in the first half, with three receptions for 61 yards.
It wasn’t of much consequence against Southern Miss, but Alabama will want to make sure they don’t allow the same mistakes when covering tight SEC ends in the future.
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