Alabama only needed one play to open the scoring in the first college football game of 2020 and the Crimson Tide are already putting on a show at Camping World Stadium. Quarterback Mac Jones found Jerry Jeudy for a sensational 85-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.
Michigan, who started the game with a great kickoff return, could not convert a third and eight. On their first play from scrimmage offensively, Jeudy quickly avoided his man in the secondary and jogged into the endzone to the cheers of Crimson Tide fans.
It was an impressive start, especially for a team that’s often in the College Football Playoff, and some fans believed wouldn’t be overly-motivated to impress in the Citrus Bowl.
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While the Crimson Tide were off and running early, the Wolverines took the punch to the mouth and bounced back quickly. Just minutes after Bama grabbed an early 7-0 lead, Michigan found the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown pass by Shea Patterson, as The Sideline Report shows.
The Wolverines proceeded to tack on a field goal after that to jump out to a 10-7 lead after the first quarter. Michigan’s strong response in the bowl game drew praise for a number of reasons, one of which was that they were running through the Alabama defense and showing new looks offensively, as Jordan Strack of WTOL 11 detailed.