Bryce Young is one step away from making it to the NFL, But in his last game as a college player he couldn’t let Alabama go away with a loss and led them to a comeback with five touchdown passes to beat Alabama 45-20. Kansas State en el Sugar Bowl.
While several professional college stars they were left out of the bowls that were not part of the College Football Playoff, The Crimson Tide and Wildcats had their best prospects on the field and made a series of memorable plays, from Young’s pivotal passes to Kansas. State running back Deuce Vaughn’s 88-yard touchdown run until interceptions of Jordan Battle y Brian Branch from Alabama.
Young was substituted during a series in the fourth quarter, raising his right hand to the Alabama fans who came to their feet noisily as the former winner of the Heisman Trophy jogged toward the bench.
Jermaine Burton caught three passes for 87 yards and a touchdown for Alabama (11-2). Tide running back Jahmyr Gibbs had 142 yards from scrimmage: 76 rushing and 66 receiving. Young’s other touchdowns went to Isaiah Bond (6 yards), Cameron Latu (1 yard), Ja’Corey Brooks (32 yards) and Kobe Prentice (47 yards). Jase McClelland added a 17-yard scoring run.
Kansas State (10-4) ingres a su primer Sugar Bowl on a four-game winning streak and was riding high after defeating No. 3 TCU, a CFP team, in the Big 12 title game. While Will Howard’s jumping interception by Battle ended K-State’s opening series at the Alabama 21st, the Wildcats scored the first 10 points of the Sugar Bowl, getting ahead on Ty Zentner’s 41-yard field goal and Vaughn’s long run.
Alabama was about to punt for the third time when Young, on third and 10, stepped into a collapsing pocket and threw a short pass to Gibbs, who was cutting up the middle and went upfield for a 60-yard gain. Young similarly stepped forward to avoid pressure. on his touchdown pass to Bond shortly after.
Young tossed over to Burton for 47 yards to set up his Latu 1-yard touchdown pass that put Alabama ahead forever.
Towards the end of the first half, Kansas State drove to Alabama in the 2, converting two fourth downs along the way, only to miss on fourth-and-goal when Howard he tossed out of reach of tight end Ben Sinnott, who was opening up after Will Anderson went down trying to cover him.