Report card: Did late rally give Alabama football offense a passing grade against Texas?

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

AUSTIN, Texas ― This isn’t a report card Alabama football is going to want to look at much.

It’s definitely not one for the fridge. It’s probably best for one look to learn from, then hide away in a file folder forever.

Thanks to Will Reichard, No. 1 Alabama escaped Austin with a 20-19 win over No. 22 Texas on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Here's how we graded each phase of the game between Alabama (2-0) and Texas (1-1).

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Offense: C-

Alabama’s offense looked rattled and couldn’t find any rhythm for much of the game until it needed to move the ball late. Bryce Young came up clutch when Alabama needed it most. But overall, this was a lackluster performance from an offense that will need to improve.

Defense: C+

The Crimson Tide gave up more plays than it should have, and couldn't get a pass rush for most of the game. It did enough to give a sputtering offense a chance to win, though. Penalties didn't help Alabama's cause.

Special teams: A

Reichard came up clutch as he kicked a 52-yarder to start the game and had the game-winner for Alabama late. He was heroic and necessary in a game Alabama couldn't afford anything but perfection from its kicker.

Coaching: D+

Alabama struggled to play disciplined football for much of the game, racking up penalty after penalty. That falls on the coaches’ shoulders big time. The offense also should have adjusted earlier than it did.

Overall: C-

Alabama didn’t look anything like the No. 1 team in the country for much of the contest. It’s still early in the season, but the Crimson Tide has to smooth out plenty moving forward.