Jerry Jeudy could well moreover dangle sat out Alabama‘s bowl sport and amassed nearly absolutely would were a first-round draft seize.
He performed as an alternative — and if this was his finale, his stock likely soared.
Mac Jones threw three touchdown passes, Jeudy turned the first Alabama participant to top 200 receiving yards in a bowl sport and the ninth-ranked Crimson Tide topped No. 17 Michigan 35-16 on Wednesday within the Citrus Bowl.
“I’ve performed soccer all my life,” acknowledged Jeudy, the junior who was the game’s MVP seize. “I could well now not glorious sit available and survey my team play. … I in actual fact like taking half in soccer, so I glorious came out here and competed with my brothers.”
Jones connected with Jeudy for an 85-yard rating on Alabama’s first snap, DeVonta Smith and Miller Forristall added touchdown grabs within the 2d half of for the Crimson Tide (11-2), which trailed 16-14 on the fracture. Najee Harris ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns for Alabama.
Jeudy completed with six catches for 204 yards. His previous profession-excessive for yards was 147 situation final season in opposition to Missouri, and the Alabama bowl file had stood for higher than a half of-century — Ray Perkins had 178 yards in opposition to Nebraska within the 1967 Sugar Bowl.
“With out a doubt, he feeble this probability to showcase his ability so it potentially even enhanced his alternatives on the next level,” acknowledged Alabama coach Slash Saban, whose team outscored Michigan 21-0 after halftime. “Very, very gay with our team.”
Jones — who took over as Alabama’s starter when Tua Tagovailoa was misplaced for the season with an wretchedness in November — completed 16 of 25 passes for 327 yards.
Shea Patterson completed 17 of 37 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown for Michigan (9-4), which dropped its fourth consecutive bowl sport. Quinn Nordin kicked three discipline targets for the Wolverines, alongside with a college-file-tying 57-yarder to live the first half of and gives Michigan the lead.
“It was a demanding-fought sport,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh acknowledged. “Congratulations to Alabama. I thought both teams performed extraordinarily demanding.”
The Crimson Tide had two touchdown drives of 90 seconds or less — Jeudy’s rating on Alabama’s first play and a lengthy hurry-forward touchdown retract by Smith early within the third quarter. They were lickety-split-strike all season lengthy, with 22 TD drives taking 1: 30 or less and 38 TDs coming in 2: 00 or less.
And the final of these was the one which attach this sport away for Alabama with 10: 01 final.
Going thru third-and-11 from its have 8, Jones connected with Jeudy for 14 yards. On the next snap, Jones and Jeudy crooked up for 58 extra yards. And the next snap was a 20-yard scoring pass to a extensive-originate Forristall.
Michigan: The Wolverines dangle dropped 16 straight avenue or neutral-situation video games in opposition to teams ranked No. 15 or better within the AP poll, alongside with all 10 under Harbaugh. The final time the Wolverines gained such a sport was Jan. 3, 2012 over then-No. 11 Virginia Tech.
Alabama: It was the 12th bowl or playoff-sport steal for Saban. That tied him with Paul “Private” Bryant for potentially the most in college history. And the Crimson Tide gained their 27th consecutive sport when permitting lower than 40 options.
Alabama WR Henry Ruggs III — a 2020 first-round draft probability if he skips his senior season — took a shot to the head with 9: 30 left within the third quarter and was positioned into the concussion protocol. The Crimson Tide had easiest two gamers skip the bowl sport for draft preparation, cornerback Trevon Diggs and linebacker Terrell Lewis. Harris was one other who could bounce to the NFL who elected to play for Alabama.
Alabama must always live within the tip 10 for the 76th consecutive edition of the AP Top 25, stepping correct into a tie for the fifth-longest coast in poll history.
Along with the college-file-tying 57-yarder to live the half of — Hayden Epstein also connected from 57 yards out within the first quarter at Michigan Voice on Nov. 3, 2001 — Nordin completed the day 3 for 3 on discipline aim tries. It wrapped up a actually finest season for kickers facing the Crimson Tide: They went 20 for 20 on discipline targets.
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and participants of the team’s entrance office were on the discipline pregame, looking at warmups. Ross is a popular Michigan alum — there could be a Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus spanning 280,000 square toes in Ann Arbor. And the Dolphins are also one among the teams that seem likely to take notice of drafting Tagovailoa if he turns pro.
Michigan: Opens subsequent season on Sept. 5 at Washington, the first assembly between these colleges in 18 years. It begins a home-and-home, with the Huskies going to Ann Arbor on Sept. 11, 2021.
Alabama: Opens subsequent season on Sept. 5 in opposition to USC in Arlington, Texas. It’ll be the ninth consecutive season by which the Crimson Tide originate with a neutral-situation sport; they’re 8-0 to this level in these.