of college football Bowl season is heating up this weekend, highlighted, of course, by the semi-finals of the College Football Playoffs later on Saturday.
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Before that, though, there are two bowl games that will grab your attention early on Saturday. One of which was the Sugar Bowl, with Big 12 champion Kansas State (10-3), and the conference championship game, where he stunned TCU, a CFP participant. of CFP.
Concurrently, the Music City Bowl will feature the Big Ten SEC battle between the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5) and the Kentucky Wildcats (7-5).
Here are the highlights from Saturday’s Early Bowl games:
Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 9 Kansas State
Kansas State put the ball into Alabama territory on the first possession of the game, but quarterback Will Howard was later intercepted by defensive back Jordan Battle. That being said, Alabama went three-and-out. Kansas State then returned to the field and scored a field goal.
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After forcing another Alabama punt, Kansas took over its own 12-yard line. On the first play of the possession, Deuce Vaughan took off with his 88-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats his 10–0 lead.
On the third and tenth of the ensuing possession, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young hit running back Jarmer Gibbs, who took off for a 60-yard pickup. Three plays later, Young hit wide receiver Isiah Bonds for a 6-yard touchdown to bring the Crimson Tide within three.
After Alabama’s touchdown, K State went three-and-out and the former found the end zone again.
On the fourth play of the drive, Young hit wide receiver Jermaine Burton with a 47-yard pickup to put the ball near the goal line. Two plays later, Young hit tight end Cameron Ratu for a touchdown to give Alabama a 14–10 lead.
Bama on roll
After being on the goal line on an 18-play Kansas State drive, Alabama tallied 98 yards for their third touchdown. A trio of chunk plays (a 22-yard run from Gibbs, a 28-yard completion to Burton, and a 22-yard completion to Ratu) set the table for Young and Burton to hook up for a 12-yard touchdown. did.
Alabama led 21-10 at halftime.
In the spirit of New Orleans football, Kansas State attempted an onside kick during the halftime break, but Alabama got it back. Three plays later, they made the Wildcats pay big when Young threw a pinpoint 32-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jacoley Brooks.
Kansas State returned the ball to Alabama on their next possession, as Howard was intercepted by defensive back Brian Branch. On the next play, running back Jace McClellan scored on his 17-yard run to give the Crimson Tide his 35-10 lead, with 13 minutes left in the third quarter. .
Music City Bowl: Iowa vs. Kentucky
After a scoreless first quarter, Iowa scored first in the opening minutes of the second quarter.
Taking over Kentucky’s 42-yard line from a punt, Iowa quarterback Joe Lavas hit tight end Sam LaPorta to overwhelm the Wildcats defense with a 27-yard completion. On the next play, Lavas connected with tight end Luke Lachey for a 15-yard touchdown.
On Iowa’s first play from post-score scrimmage, Kentucky quarterback Destin Wade was intercepted by defensive back Xavier Nuwankpa, who returned 52 yards for a touchdown. That gave Iowa a 14-0 lead.
Another pick six!
Shortly before halftime, Wade threw his second pick 6. Backed up at their own 7-yard line, the Kentucky quarterback was intercepted by defensive back Cooper Dejean and forced into the end zone. Iowa led 21–0 at halftime.
Stay tuned for highlights!
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