Alabama quarterback Bryce Young had a marvelous 2021 season, winning the Heisman Trophy and leading the Crimson Tide to the College Football Playoff National Championship. Unfortunately, Young then suffered through one of his worst games of the season against the suffocating Georgia defense, throwing two key interceptions in a 33-18 loss.
The second interception sealed the loss. After the Bulldogs went up 26-18 in the fourth quarter, Alabama had one last chance to go down the field and tie the score to send the game to overtime. Instead, Young threw a pick-6, setting off a raucous celebration for Bulldogs fans.
After the game, Young put Alabama's loss on himself after his rocky effort. Via ESPN's Chris Low:
“We had a lot of opportunities, moved the ball relatively well. We did some stuff well. We didn't execute, and at the end of the day, that's on me,” said Young, who threw the ball a season-high 57 times and was sacked four times.
“I love my guys. I'll forever love my guys. I wouldn't trade my guys for anything,” Young said. “And … it's a little tough that I let them down today. But I love those guys and they stepped up. Adversity has been our thing all year. I've just gotta do better with it.”
Young wasn't awful, completing 35 out of 57 passes for 369 yards and a touchdown. The Alabama star wasn't helped by some key drops and injuries to his top wide receivers, with John Metchie already out and then Jameson Williams suffering a knee injury in the game.
Even so, Alabama too often failed to cash in on drives after moving the ball, as Young reiterated multiple times, and the two picks were killers. Young was under duress for much of the night, but he's not blaming anybody else for the loss.
The Heisman Trophy winner finished the season with 4,872 yards passing, 47 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had previously torched the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship Game, but it wasn't meant to be against Kirby Smart's crew in the CFP National Championship.
The good news is Bryce Young should be back for more in 2022, with Alabama in position to get back to the title game.