No. 2 Alabama Football Opens SEC Slate with 47-23 Win at South Carolina
September 14, 2019
COLUMBIA, S.C. – The No. 2-ranked Alabama football team beat South Carolina,
47-23, in the Crimson Tide's Southeastern Conference opener in Columbia,
S.C., on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. Alabama moved to 3-0
overall and 1-0 in the SEC while the Gamecocks dropped to 1-2, 0-1 in the SEC.
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On offense, junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa totaled a career-best 444 yards
and five touchdowns through the air on 28-of-36 passing. Running back Najee
Harris had a huge game with the junior hauling in five passes for 87 yards
and two touchdowns to go with 36 yards rushing.
Junior wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Henry Ruggs III tallied 136 and 122
receiving yards, respectively, marking just the ninth time in school history
that two Alabama receivers have gone over 100 yards in the same game. Smith
caught two touchdown passes while Ruggs III hauled in another.
On defense, 22 players recorded a tackle, led by junior safety Xavier
McKinney who tallied nine, including five solo stops. McKinney also recorded
an interception and a tackle for loss. Redshirt senior linebacker Anfernee
Jennings had a sack and forced a fumble while the freshman duo of defensive
lineman DJ Dale and defensive back Jordan Battle also recorded sacks on the
Alabama scored on its first drive of the game when junior running back Najee
Harris took a Tua Tagovailoa pass 24 yards for a touchdown.
Overall, Tagovailoa threw a career-high tying five touchdown passes,
including two apiece to Harris and DeVonta Smith along with one to Henry
In addition to his touchdown reception on the first drive, Harris also scored
on a 42-yard catch and run in the second quarter, breaking two tackles and
hurdling a defender on the way to the end zone.
Ruggs III grabbed the Tide's second touchdown of the day, taking Tagovailoa's
pass and racing 81 yards into the end zone in the first quarter.
Smith had receiving touchdowns of 42 and 48 yards, coming in the third and
fourth quarter, respectively.
Freshman Will Reichard made a pair of field goals on the day, the first from
23 yards in the second quarter and the second from 21 yards in the third.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Mac Jones closed out the Tide's scoring with a
one-yard rush up the middle.
South Carolina scored a trio of field goals to go with two touchdowns, with
the Gamecocks final score coming with 11 seconds left in the game.
Harris scored the first two receiving touchdowns of his Alabama career and
had five catches against South Carolina after having just 11 receptions all
of last year. He also tallied 36 yards rushing on seven carries to combine
for 123 yards of total offense.
Tagovailoa finished with four or more scores for the third consecutive game
to begin his 2019 campaign and tallied a career-best 444 yards through the
With Smith (136) and Ruggs (122) going over 100 yards receiving against South
Carolina, it marked the ninth time in school history and the first time this
season that two UA receivers have topped the century mark in the same game.
After racing for a 75-yard rushing touchdown against New Mexico State, Ruggs
exploded for a long score for the second game in a row, taking a Tagovailoa
pass 81 yards for a touchdown.
McKinney snagged an interception in the end zone to end a South Carolina
scoring threat and led the team with nine tackles.
Alabama averaged 16 yards per catch after totaling 496 receiving yards on 31
catches and six scores from three different players.
The Crimson Tide once again won the turnover battle with two takeaways
compared to zero by the Gamecocks. UA forced a fumble and had an interception
for the day.
Alabama returns home to Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 21 to face
Southern Miss in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Kickoff between the Crimson Tide and Golden
Eagles is set for 11 a.m. CT with the game airing live on either ESPN or
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