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Sport: Alabama vs. Miami final score, results: Crimson Tide, led by Bryce Young, ease past Hurricanes

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After an undefeated national championship season in 2020, No 1. Alabama opened its 2021 campaign with a dominant 44-13 win over No. 14 Miami on Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta.

Quarterback Bryce Young made a record-setting debut as the Crimson Tide's starter. He became the first quarterback in program history to throw four passing touchdowns in his first start. He threw three of them in the first half against a veteran Miami defense. Young exited the game in the final minutes after going 27 for 38 for 344 yards, the four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

"Congratulations to Alabama," Hurricanes 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." Alabama was 10 for 16 on third down.

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Miami put together a 60-yard drive at the end of the second quarter and a 74-yard drive at the start of the third but netted just two field goals.

Hurricanes quarterback D'Eriq King finished 23 for 30 for 179 yards with a touchdown, two interceptions and four sacks. The scoring pass was a 29-yarder down the sideline to Xavier Restrepo for Restrepo's first career touchdown. Alabama linebackers Will Anderson and Henry To’o spent a considerable amount of energy chasing King around the field.

The Tide's win did come at a cost, though. Starting linebacker Chris Allen was carted off the field after a sack/fumble that Alabama recovered before halftime, and To’o left the game with an apparent elbow injury.

In the end, though, the Crimson Tide easily improved their record in neutral-site openers under Nick Saban to 11-0.

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Alabama vs. Miami score

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F
Alabama 10 17 14 4 44
Miami 0 3 10 0 13

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

No. 1 Alabama survives No. 9 Florida, 31-29, in SEC opener at The Swamp .
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