Ethan Burke – 23 Sports

The Eliah Drinkwitz era got off to a rough start last night against one of the best teams in the nation. Although the college football world witnessed multiple upsets yesterday, the Crimson Tide had no trouble against the Tigers as they dominated nearly every aspect of the game. 

Despite not taking any snaps in their pre-season scrimmage a week ago, TCU transfer  quarterback Shawn Robinson got the starting role for the Tigers’ offense over redshirt freshman Connor Bazelak. However, even though Robinson took most of the snaps, we did see flashes of Bazelak throughout the game.

After a quick three-and-out on the first drive, quarterback Mac Jones and the Crimson Tide offense was able to wake up and adjust quickly as they found the end zone with a one-yard rushing touchdown by running back Najee Harris. After that, the Tigers defense had no answer for them. The very next drive, the Jones to Jaylen Waddle connection got going, starting with an 18-yard touchdown pass to put Alabama up 14-0 in the first quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same story. After ending the first quarter on a strong note, the Crimson Tide offense wasted no time after punching in another rushing touchdown by Harris 20 seconds into the quarter. Eventually, the Tigers offense got going while they started feeding running back Larry Roundrtree, which allowed Robinson to break loose a little bit. Unfortunately, Mizzou could not find the end zone but was able to put points on the board with a 27-yard field goal by kicker Harrison Mevis. The Crimson Tide however did finish off strong with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Jones to Waddle to put them up 28-3 at halftime.

As the second half started, Robinson continued to struggle after fumbling the ball on their own 37-yard line. Following the fumble, the Crimson Tide offense marched upfield and Harris recorded his third touchdown of the night. Mizzou’s offense started to shed some light as Robinson found some connections with his receivers before ultimately having to settle for another field goal by Mevis to cut the deficit to 35-6.

When the fourth quarter began, Alabama head coach Nick Saban decided to put true freshman Bryce Young in to replace Jones as quarterback. Young was moving the offense up field before Mizzou linebacker Trey Williams forced him to fumble the ball which was recovered by another Mizzou linebacker Nick Bolton. That play started to give the Tigers a little momentum which led to a 54-yard touchdown pass from Robinson to Cjay Boone. No matter what the situation was, the Tigers kept fighting. Bazelak led the Tiger’s offense for the final possession which ended in a last second touchdown which was the final play of the game.

Despite the loss, there are definitely some positives that Mizzou can take away. On the offensive side, Robinson finished with 185 yards, a touchdown pass and did not throw any interceptions against this top ranked Alabama defense. Along with Robinson, Roundtree finished with 67 yards, which was 4.8 yards per carry. On defense, Bolton is definitely a force to be reckoned with as he recorded 8 tackles. And of course, do not forget that Mevis’ field goal percentage was perfect.

The Mizzou Tigers will get a chance to redeem themselves next Saturday as they head to Knoxvlle for a showdown against the No. 21 ranked Tennessee Volunteers.

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