Alabama was hardly vanilla in its spring football game
23 Abril, 2017, 13:00
The White squad - made up of first defense and second offense - led for most of the game by as many as 14 points, but the Crimson team - first offense, second defense - took advantage of a late opportunity to pull the game out on the final play of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Tagovailoa completed 18 of 32 passes for 315 yards and 3 touchdowns with 1 interception (which went for a 60-yard touchdown runback by Terrell Hall) and Hurts completed 16-25 passes for 301 yards with 2 TDs and an interception that nearly certainly cost his team a touchdown. Raekwon Davis led the Crimson team defensively with seven tackles (two primary), while cornerback Levi Wallace had four tackles, an interception, and two pass breakups. In the first quarter alone Tagovailoa and Hurts had combined for 343-yards passing and three touchdown passes.
While the game-winning 30-yard field goal from punter JK Scott certainly decided the game, it was a three other missed field goals - including a pair from Andy Pappanastos, the team's only scholarship kicker - that muddied the special teams water a bit. The White team registered nine sacks on the day, led by linebackers Holcombe, Rashaan Evans and Christian Miller, with two each.
It appeared the Crimson would tie it quickly when Hurts hit Ridley for a 60-yard gain to the 4, but Trevon Diggs turned it back with an interception in the end zone. Mark Bernier had one punt for 38 yards in the game.
Scott, who's handled some kicking duties this spring, was called onto kick only after Pappanastos missed tries of 31- and 38-yards in the second quarter.
While Alabama is expected to turn kicking duties over to 3-star incoming prospect Joseph Bulovas of Mandeville, Louisiana - who will arrive in late May with the rest of the signing class - Scott said he'd be up for doing both in the season should he be needed. Scott closed it out with the 30-yard chip shot. Then, after a three-yard run at right tackle by Najee Harris to the Crimson 25, Tagovailoa passed 25 yards to Jeudy for a score on a pass that deflected off Simmons, then off a defender into Jeudy's hands.
Obviously, Hurts is the Tide's starting quarterback, but Tagovailoa can't be overlooked. Josh Jacobs was his team's leading rusher with 7 carries for 28 yards and also had 4 pass receptions for 49 yards. On the second play after the kickoff, from the Crimson 35, Hurts hit wide receiver Robert Foster on a streak pattern at the White 20 and Foster raced to the end zone behind the defense to complete a 65-yard touchdown strike. Tagovailoa would throw another score, but this time it counted for the Crimson.
Tagovailoa and Jeudy would hook up again for another touchdown with 5:05 in the 2nd quarter, this time from 29-yards out. But White team linebacker Terrell Hall intercepted a screen pass and had an easy 60-yard run to the end zone to narrow the margin to 21-14 with only 2:06 before intermission. The game consisted of four 15¬minute quarters with a running clock.