ARLINGTON/MUNICH – Defending champion Alabama Crimson Tide won the Cotton Bowl with 27:6 (17:3) against the Cincinnati Bearcats and thus the college football final (January 10-11, 1:45 a.m. live on ProSieben MAXX and ran .de). On the other hand, German O-Liner Lorenz Metz missed the first final in the team’s history with Cincinnati.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young did well with 181 passing yards and three touchdown passes with only one interception. His opposite number Desmond Ryder reached 144 yards without touchdowns or interceptions. The most striking offensive player was Brian Robinson Jr of Alabama with 204 yards and 26 carrying.
The key to victory was the Crimson Tide defense, as the Bearcats could only hold 218 yards in their first loss of the season.
Not a single landing for Cincinnati
At AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Alabama managed to land on its first drive. Bryce Young found Heisman Trophy winner Slade Bolden with an eight-yard pass into the end zone.
The Bearkats scored on his first drive with a field goal from Cole Smith, before kicker Will Richard added a field goal in the second quarter with an Alabama shot. Shortly before the break, Ja’Corey Brooks increased after a 44-yard pass with a touchdown to make Alabama 17-3 at halftime.
Early in the last quarter, Crimson Tide secured the initial decision with another touchdown by Cameron Lato after a 9-yard pass from Young.
Alabama in the final against Georgia or Michigan
Cincinnati returned to the scoreboard only with another Smith field goal. Richard also set the end point for Alabama with a field goal.
In the national championship game, the college football final, Alabama will face the Georgia Bulldogs on the night of January 10-11 (live on ProSieben MAXX and ran.de).
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