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Highlights, key plays and photos from Utah State’s blowout loss to Alabama

The top-ranked Crimson Tide handled the Aggies 55-0, controlling the game from start to finish.

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Alabama running back Jahmyr Gibbs (1) runs by Utah State defensive back Gurvan Hall Jr. (6) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Editor’s note: The Deseret News is providing live coverage from Saturday’s season opener between Utah State and No. 1 Alabama. Check back for updates throughout the game.


Alabama 55, Utah State 0

4th Quarter

Alabama 55, Utah State 0


  • Ike Larsen makes a second great play, blocking a punt by Alabama’s James Burnip. Burnip recovered the block, but the Aggies have excellent field position at Alabama’s 31-yard line.

3rd Quarter

Alabama 55, Utah State 0

— Alabama continues to control the game, though Utah State started to show signs of life, forcing a turnover and a punt.

— The Aggies’ offense has struggled most of the night, and through three quarters has just 86 yards of total offense.

— Penalties have been a problem for the Aggies (10 for 95 yards, but Utah State has only one less tackle for loss (3) than Alabama (4).


  • Utah State safety Ike Larsen intercepts Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe, the most positive play of the day for the Aggies.


  • Alabama backup quarterback Jalen Milroe picks up where Bryce Young left off, throwing a 17-yard touchdown to Jase McClellan.


  • Alabama picked up where it left off in the first half, with another touchdown. Bryce Young ran for his first rushing touchdown of the game, a simple untouched four-yard scamper.
  • The touchdown was set up by a massive run by Bama running back Jahmyr Gibbs.

2nd Quarter

Alabama 41, Utah State 0

— Alabama has completely dominated, out-gaining Utah State 350 yards to just 58.

— The Crimson Tide have committed only one penalty, compared to seven by the Aggies.

— Bryce Young has looked like a Heisman winner, throwing for 195 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 96 yards on the ground.


  • Bryce Young continues to pick apart the Aggies secondary. With his 8-yard touchdown pass to Jace McClellan, Young has now thrown for 195 yards and five touchdowns.


  • The Aggies make a stand in the red zone, thanks to a sack by Daniel Grzesiak and hold Alabama to a 33-yard field goal by Will Reichard.


  • And the points keep coming for Alabama. Young throws his fourth touchdown pass, the second to Traeshon Holden (14 yards). Alabama has out-gained Utah State 262 yards to 41.


  • Alabama is running away with it now, only a couple minutes into the second quarter. Bryce Young threw his third touchdown pass of the game, a two-yard pass to Jermaine Burton, capping off an 11-play, 82-yard drive.

1st Quarter

Alabama 17, Utah State 0

— Utah State totaled just 41 yards of offense in the first quarter, 39 through the air and two on the ground.

— USU quarterback Logan Bonner completed only 3 of 8 pass attempts and running back Calvin Tyler rushed the ball four times for only 8 yards.

— Alabama meanwhile, finished the quarter with 150 yards of offense, dominating in every facet.


  • After Utah State turned the ball over on downs, it took Alabama three plays to score again, on a 9-yard touchdown reception by Traeshon Holden. Bryce Young has thrown for two touchdowns and completed 9 of 11 pass attempts.


  • Utah State’s offense couldn’t stay on the field and after getting the ball back Alabama wasted little time driving 60 yards in 3 minutes. The drive ended with a 5-yard touchdown reception by Jermaine Burton.


  • Alabama strikes first with a 45-yard field goal by Will Reichard. Alabama went 44-yards in seven plays, but the Aggies held up in the end.
  • The highlight of the drive was the elusiveness of Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, though.

Pregame prep

  • The Aggies have arrived.

  • As have the Crimson Tide.

Here are a few stories to get ready for Utah State’s showdown with top-ranked Alabama: