Bryce Young: 'I Just Wish I Could Have Been Better' in Alabama's CFP Loss to Georgia

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 11, 2022

Alabama's Bryce Young warms up the College Football Playoff championship football game against Georgia Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
AP Photo/Paul Sancya

Alabama's Bryce Young was the best player in college football during the regular season as the Heisman Trophy winner, but he was unable to lead his team to the sport's highest peak.

He threw two interceptions during Monday's 33-18 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff National Championship and told reporters after the defeat, "I just wish I could have been better tonight."

The stats were solid outside of the two picks, as Young went 35-of-57 passing for 369 yards and one touchdown.

However, his touchdown pass to Cameron Latu was the only time Alabama found the end zone. Its promising drives kept stalling into field-goal tries, and Will Reichard did what he could by converting four of his five kicks even though a crucial one was blocked in the second half.

Still, finding a way to convert those into touchdowns would have made a big difference.

It also would have helped if he didn't throw a pick-six to Kelee Ringo in the final minutes to clinch Georgia's victory or an interception to Christopher Smith early in the second half when the Crimson Tide were attempting to build on a 9-6 lead.

While Young will rue those mistakes and the missed chances, he was also working with a short-handed offense.

Star wide receiver John Metchie III didn't play, and fellow star pass-catcher Jameson Williams exited in the first half with a knee injury he suffered after breaking free in the middle of the field for a big gain.

That left Young without his two primary targets from the regular season, and the offense struggled.