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No. 1 Alabama holds off No. 11 Gators 31-29

Defending national champions stop botched 2-point conversion
Alabama Crimson Tide running back Jase McClellan scores TD at Florida Gators in 2021
Posted at 11:26 PM, Sep 18, 2021

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Bryce Young's first collegiate road start was a rousing success, a three-touchdown performance that helped top-ranked Alabama beat No. 11 Florida 31-29 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

The defending national champion Crimson Tide stopped a botched 2-point conversion with 3:10 left and extended its winning streak to 17, making it 32 in a row against teams from the SEC's Eastern Division.

The Gators have now dropped eight straight in the series and fell to 0-5 against No. 1-ranked teams at Florida Field.

This one was closer than oddsmakers and just about everyone else expected despite the Gators playing without dynamic backup quarterback Anthony Richardson.