Alabama Survives While Irish, Aggies Sustain Big Upsets

Jonathan Grant | September 11th, 2022

The Alabama Crimson Tide were playing Texas on Saturday, but they nearly lost to Auburn. But they didn’t, of course, because of Bryce Young. Having seen the host Longhorns nail a field goal with less than two minutes to go to take the lead, the Heisman winner responded by masterminding a brilliant drive that included a soul-crushing, back-breaking run when a sack looked inevitable, to give his team the 20-19 win over their future SEC rivals. The Horns, down to their third string QB, had put up quite a fight, but they ultimately fell to the #1 team despite being a nearly three-TD underdog coming into the game.

Bama Hammer

Notre Dame couldn’t avoid the upset bug, however, as they were surprisingly beaten at home on Saturday afternoon by Marshall 26-21. The Fighting Irish have now fallen to 0-2 on the season, and they will surely drop out of the top-25 altogether from their once-lofty perch. Khalan Labron rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries for the Thundering Herd as they knocked off the #8 team in a shocker in South Bend. A similar fate was reserved for Texas A&M as well as they fell to Appalachian State 17-14 at College Station to hand the Mountaineers yet another big scalp over a ranked team. A late field goal miss from the Aggies pushed them to the shock loss while visiting running back Camerun Peoples ran for 112 yards on 19 carries to propel his team to a stunning ‘W’ on a wild, wild day of college football. Washington State also pulled off a surprise, beating #17 Wisconsin 17-14 while #21 BYU knocked off #9 Baylor 26-20 and #20 Kentucky went to #12 Florida to win 26-16. #24 Tennessee, meanwhile, won 34-27 in overtime at #17 Pittsburgh in more ranked action.

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