By Terrance Turner
Dec. 4, 2021.
Bryce Young garnered Heisman buzz after a record-breaking performance in the SEC Championship Game. Young led Alabama to a dominant win over No. 1-ranked Georgia. The Tide led the Bulldogs for nearly the entire game, with Young throwing three touchdown passes and running for another. Young broke the SEC title records for passing yards (421) and total yards (461) of total offense.
According to ESPN, Young passed for 286 of his 421 yards in the first half. Georgia (12-1) jumped out to a 10-0 lead early, but Alabama erupted for 24 points in the second quarter — the most points scored in any quarter in an SEC championship game. Young threw a 67-yard pass to Jameson Williams and later found receiver John Metchie III for a 13-yard score. Kicker Will Reichard added a field goal. Georgia tied the game at 17 when Ladd McConkey caught a TD pass from QB Stetson Bennett. But then, with just seconds left in the second quarter, Young took off, sprinting to the end zone for an 11-yard run. In his first half, the sophomore went 13-20 for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Alabama took a 24-17 lead into the half.
With the game still 24-17, Young hurled the ball 68 yards (!) across the field to Jameson Williams for the touchdown. Alabama went up 31-17 early in the third quarter.
The game was more or less over once Jordan Battle intercepted Bennett for the pick-six. Reichard added another field goal later to seal Alabama’s victory. Alabama (12-1) won for the seventh straight time over Georgia, with four of those wins coming in Atlanta, either in the SEC championship game or national championship game. (Tonight’s game was played at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.) Georgia’s defense –considered one of the best in the nation — gave up
The Alabama Crimson Tide are the 2021 SEC Champions. Young was named MVP after the game:
Bryce Young may have solidified his spot as the next Heisman Trophy winner during Alabama’s powerful SEC Championship win,” said Sports Illustrated. Wrote Bleacher Report writer Adam Kramer: “With everything to gain, he torched a defense that many, including the individual on the other end of this keyboard, had labeled as one of the best ever. In doing so, he wrapped up the Heisman and secured a spot in the College Football Playoff for Alabama.”