Coming off an undefeated national title, No 1. Alabama opened their season with a dominant win over No. 14 Miami.
Quarterback Bryce Young made his record-breaking season as the first quarterback in history to total four passing touchdowns in his first start. He threw three touchdowns in the first half alone against the veteran Miami defense. Young exited the field in the final minutes, and finished 27-for-38 with 344 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
“Congratulations to Alabama,” Canes coach Manny Diaz said following the game. “They played an outstanding game, but the difference in the game was third down offense. Their quarterback made some plays keeping plays alive outside the pocket that extended drives and kept our offense off the field.”
Miami had some successful drives to end the second quarter and open the third, but drives of 60 and 74 yards yielded just a field goal. The first turnover chain of the season was awarded to Jordan Miller after he recovered a fumble forced by Chantz Miller. Although Miami gained some offensive momentum, quarterback D’Eriq King suffered some hefty blows.
King was sacked four times and totaled two interceptions, but completed 23 of 30 attempts for 179 yards and one touchdown. King threw for 29-yards down the sideline to help Xavier Restrepo earn his first career touchdown. Alabama linebackers Will Anderson and Henry To’o To’o spent a considerable amount of energy chasing King, which came at a cost. Starting linebacker Chris Allen was carted off the field after sack-fumble that Alabama recovered before halftime. To’o To’o then left the game with an apparent elbow injury.
No. 14 Miami’s veteran defense was a huge test for the No. 1 Alabama’s largely new offensive personnel, but it wasn’t enough to end their winning streak. The Crimson Tide effectively took down the Canes and moved their record to 11-0 in openers at neutral sites in the Nick Saban era.
Sporting News tracked live updates and highlights from the Alabama-Miami matchup at the 2021 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta.
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Alabama vs. Miami live updates, highlights
Live updates will begin around kickoff at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Final: Alabama 44, Miami 13
7:12: Nick Saban runs to the field to conclude a dominant season-opener in Atlanta against the Canes with a comfortable victory.
7:09: As the clock runs out, Bryce Young is seen celebrating his record-breaking start for the Crimson Tide alongside his teammates on the sidelines.
7:05: A roughing the passer call against Miami will give Tyson the ball at the Alabama 48 yard line with just under three minutes remaining.
6:56: Bryce Young exits the field with five minutes remaining, concluding his season-opening debut for the Crimson Tide. Young totaled 344 yards, 4 TDs on 27-of-38 passing. He is the first quarterback in Alabama history to total four passing touchdowns in his starting debut. Paul Tyson enters the field in the final five minutes.
6:49: Jaylen Moody makes his first career interception on a pass from D’Eriq King. A blindside block penalty called against Alabama pushes them back to the Miami 48 yard line.
6:44: FIELD GOAL ALABAMA. Will Reichard boots a 40-yard field goal to further extend Alabama’s lead 44-13 with 7:42 remaining in the game.
Third Quarter: Alabama 41, Miami 13
6:27: FIELD GOAL MIAMI. Andres Borregales boots a 28-yard field goal through the uprights.
6:21: To’o To’o goes down on the sideline, visited the injury tent after a rough collision with a Miami player. He rejoined the rest of the bench with a brace on his right elbow.
6:18: Bryce Young is sacked before his arm goes forward on an intended pass, forcing a fumble. The ball was recovered by Miami on the Alabama 28 yard line, and Jordan Miller was the first to be awarded the signature turnover chain this season.
6:12: TOUCHDOWN MIAMI. D’Eriq King threw a 29-yard pass to Xavier Restrepo for his first career touchdown. Miami remains down 41-10.
6:08: Christopher Allen is seen on the sideline with crutches and a boot over his lower right leg.
6:03: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Sanders completes a 20-yard rush for his first touchdown since he suffered a hip injury in a car accident last year. Alabama leads 41-3 with seven minutes left in the third.
5:59: Alabama defensive back Malachi Moore intercepts the ball after a pass from D’Eriq King is tipped off. A block in the back was called on the play against the Crimson Tide to push Alabama to their own 45 yard line.
5:51: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Bryce Williams completes a pass to Jameson Williams for a 94-yard score to extend Alabama’s lead 34-3 . Roughing the passer was called against Miami immediatley after the touchdown, forcing a 15-yard penalty at the kickoff against the Canes.
5:45: D’Eriq King went in for a quarterback sneak and came down just before the end zone to force a turnover on downs from the Alabama two-yard line.
5:38: Will Reichard’s kick isn’t returned to start the second half, and Miami starts the ball at their 20 yard line.
Halftime: Alabama 27, Miami 3
5:16: FIELD GOAL MIAMI. Miami concludes the first half with a 37-yard field goal from Andres Borregales, cutting Alabama’s lead 27-3.
5:14: D’eriq King went 9-for-9 for 53 yards, while Bryce Young went 19-of-27, 201 yards, and totaled 3 TDs through the first half.
5:08: Will Reichards first punt of the envening for Alabama goes out of bounds, and gives Miami the ball at the 20 yard line with just under two minutes remaining in the half.
5:00: Miami’s Kam Kinchens forces a fumble on Roydell Williams, and was originially called as a turnover. After official review, the fumble is reversed, and ruled recovered by Alabama.
4:53: Alabama’s Christian Harris and Will Anderson execute back-to-back sacks on Miami quarterback D’Eriq King. King is reportedly keeping a closer eye on the pass rush than his own riecevers.
4:47: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Alabama’s Bryce Young completes his third touchdown pass and Cameron Latu completes his second touchdown catch of the game, and rushes into the endzone for a 25-yard score. Alabama leads 27-0 with just under seven minutes left in the half.
4:37: Miami quarterback D’Eriq King appears limping onto the sideline, and Alabama’s Chris Allen is carted off to the locker room following the sack.
4:33: ALABAMA FIELD GOAL. Alabama kicker Will Reichard keeps his consecutive streak going, and executes a 51-yard field goal with 11:33 left in the quarter.
4:30: Alabama’s Chris Allen rams into Miami quarterback D’Eriq King for a sack, and forces a fumble. The Crimson Tide recovers and takes over on the Miami 33 yard line.
4:26: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Bryce Young completes a nine-yard pass to freshman Cameron Latu for a touchdown less than a minute into the second quarter.
First Quarter: Alabama 10, Miami 0
4:18: Targeting call against Miami safety Bubba Bolden results in his ejection from the game. The hit came on what would have been the last play of the first quarter when Bolden went head first into the head, neck and shoulder area of Robinson. James Williams will step in for Bolden in the defensive backfield.
4:02: ALABAMA FIELD GOAL. Bryce Young led the Crimson Tide down the field, but a few incompletions resulted in a field goal. Alabama kicker Will Reichard made a 38-yard field goal to put Alabama up 10-0 over Miami, and extended his consecutive streak to 16.
3:46: TOUCHDOWN ALABAMA. Alabama converts a pair of third downs and scores in 2:53. Bryce Young completed a 37-yard pass to John Metchie for a touchdown to cap off a 67-yard drive. Miami’s down 7-0 early in Young’s opening drive.
3:40: Andres Borregales’ first kick at Miami is a touchback.
3:38: Miami wins the coin toss, and defers. Alabama will start with the ball.
Alabama vs. Miami start time
- Date: Saturday, Sept. 4
- Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel (national): ABC
- Live stream: ESPN/ESPN+, fuboTV
Alabama vs. Miami will be broadcast live on ABC starting at 3:30 p.m. ET. Sean McDonough will serve as the play-by-play caller alongside analysts Todd Blackledge and Todd McShay, with sideline reporter Molly McGrath.
Alabama football schedule 2021
|Sept. 4||vs. No. 14 Miami (Atlanta)|
|Sept. 11||vs. Mercer|
|Sept. 18||at No. 13 Florida|
|Sept. 25||vs. Southern Mississippi|
|Oct. 2||vs. Mississippi|
|Oct. 9||at No. 6 Texas A&M|
|Oct. 16||at Mississippi State|
|Oct. 23||vs. Tennessee|
|Nov. 6||vs. No. 16 LSU|
|Nov. 13||vs. New Mexico State|
|Nov. 20||vs. Arkansas|
|Nov. 27||at Auburn|
Miami football schedule 2021
|Sept. 4||vs. No. 1 Alabama (Atlanta)|
|Sept. 11||vs. App State|
|Sept. 18||vs. Michigan State|
|Sept. 25||vs. Central Connecticut State|
|Sept. 30||vs. Virginia|
|Oct. 16||at No. 10 North Carolina|
|Oct. 23||vs. N.C. State|
|Oct. 30||at Pitt|
|Nov. 6||vs. Georgia Tech|
|Nov. 13||at Florida State|
|Nov. 20||vs. Virginia Tech|
|Nov. 27||at Duke|