It took just over six minutes for the University of Alabama football team to score in all three phases of the game. It was that kind of afternoon for the Crimson Tide in a 63-7 win over Louisiana-Monroe at Bryant Denny Stadium.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young got things started with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Traeshon Holden. Outside linebacker Will Anderson, Jr. followed with a 25-yard touchdown return after an interception. The special teams score came when Ja’Corey Brooks blocked a punt that was recovered and returned 4 yards for a score by Malachi Moore. Young closed the first quarter scoring with a 7-yard touchdown run.
“There’s some evidence out there that this is the standard that we want to play to,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “But, I think everybody’s got to judge what do we need to do to continue (improving) with SEC play starting next week. So, I’ll take a little better effort on everybody’s part to play with consistency.”
Young was 13-of-18 for 236 yards with three touchdowns while the running game produced 273 yards on 39 carries. Louisiana-Monroe had 169 yards in offense. Alabama broke a 75-year-old school record with 262 yards in punt returns. Brian Branch had a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown.
“My message to the players before the game was that all these things that we do matter,” Saban said. “You’re being judged to a standard as an individual player, we’re being judged to a standard as a team. And everybody’s going to make a choice and decision about are you going to play to that standard and on a consistent basis, not every now and then.”
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