Alabama vs. Texas football results and highlights from Week 2

Alabama vs. Texas football results and highlights from Week 2

Alabama vs. Texas football results and highlights from Week 2

One score separated Texas and Alabama in what could have been the biggest shock of the college football season.

A tense battle between the Longhorns and the Crimson Tide finished on a frenetic game-winning drive completed off with a Will Reichard field goal, giving Alabama a 20-19 victory against Texas.

Texas fans will once again be left wondering what may have been if their starting quarterback had not been injured.

Colt McCoy's injury may have lost the Longhorns a national title victory against Alabama more than a decade ago.

Quinn Ewers, a 5-star phenom, was off to a great start this time before an unexpected shoulder injury cut his day short.

But the conclusion was far from certain until the last seconds. Let's go through how the game played out.

On the first drive, the Tide settles for FG.

Alabama didn't get into the end zone on its opening possession, but its offense provided a preview of the season's highlights.

Jahmyr Gibbs, a blue-chip transfer from Georgia Tech this summer, had significant early action and could be a primary target for Bryce Young as well as the Crimson Tide's first run option. 

The tide comes in first.

Alabama found the big play at the conclusion of the first quarter when Jase McClellan ran 81 yards for a touchdown.

The back accelerated out of traffic, outrunning the Longhorns chasing group. Texas' run stop has been put on notice. 

Quinn Ewers delves deep.

The Texas quarterback set the tone early with a string of long, precise throws, including this bomb to Xavier Worthy against Alabama's secondary. 

And then got hurt

Quinn Ewers was driven to the ground by Alabama linebacker Dallas Turner shortly after the Worthy throw.

Ewers' left shoulder was driven into the turf by the force of the tackle, which was penalized on the field.

Texas responds

With its primary quarterback down, Texas turned to the ground, and Bijan Robinson's second-quarter touchdown knotted the game at 10.

A significant message for the Longhorns offense just minutes after losing its starting quarterback and demonstrating that it can generate yards in different ways. 

Flags, flags, flags

History as an example Saturday was only the second occasion in Nick Saban's coaching career that his teams had at least eight penalties in the first half of a game.

Alabama, always one of the more disciplined teams in football, made mistakes it doesn't typically make in front of the boisterous Texas crowd.

This is the worst call you'll hear all year.

Texas seemed to collect a safety after hitting Alabama quarterback Bryce Young in the end zone early in the second quarter.

Despite the fact that Young was not hit in the head, officials first called a targeting play against Texas. After a lengthy and perplexing review, they removed the targeting, overturned the safety, and gave Alabama a 4th down.

Alabama's statement campaign

After Texas took a 16-10 lead, Bryce Young led a crucial series for Alabama, including a 4th and 3 convert and the touchdown pass to Jahmyr Gibbs over his body.

In the fourth quarter, an 11-play, 75-yard drive was required to take a one-point lead.

Alabama had only 20 yards on 25 combined plays before to that.

Alabama is short.

With the ball back and an opportunity to increase the advantage, Alabama was stopped on 4th and short.

Choosing to go for it, the Tide passed to Roydell Williams, who stumbled in the hole and fell just short of the line to gain.

It came just in time.

The finest college football player making the huge play when his team needed it the most.

Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson came through on a third down late in the game to sack Texas quarterback Hudson Card.

Auburn defeats Alabama?

Longhorns kicker Bert Auburn came up big after the sack, giving Texas a late 2-point lead over Alabama.

Just before the half, Auburn missed a tight field goal.

The fantastic escape

When faced with a particular Texas tackle, quarterback Bryce Young wiggled out of danger and took off down the sideline for a 20-yard gain.

The Tide were now on the 18-yard line and in field goal range. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner delivered a great play when it was most needed.

Bama by 1

Young's run helped Alabama retake the lead late in the game, which it did on Will Reichard's 33-yard field goal. 

Nick Saban reacts

Alabama head coach Nick Saban praised Texas and its coach Steve Sarkisian after the close, hard-fought game. 

The story's moral

When facing the Crimson Tide, never make a mistake.

Texas had many opportunities to win the game and make a statement, but fell short by the narrowest of margins. 

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