No. 2 Alabama rolls over No. 3 Georgia in second half

Mac Jones threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns while the Alabama defense stiffened in the second half as the No. 2 Crimson Tide knocked off No. 3 Georgia 41-24 on Saturday night in Tuscaloosa, Ala.In the biggest game of the college football season so far, Alabama (4-0, 4-0 SEC) trailed 24-20 at halftime but scored touchdowns on three consecutive possessions in the second half to take control of the game.Georgia (3-1, 3-1) was scoreless after the break, when Stetson Bennett IV threw two of his three interceptions, all of which Alabama converted into touchdowns.Jones completed 24 of 32 passes with one interception for the Tide. DeVonta Smith hauled in 11 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns while Jaylen Waddle caught six passes for 161 yards.Najee Harris balanced the Alabama offense with 152 yards on 31 carries, as the Crimson Tide rolled to 564 yards against the Bulldogs, who had entered with the nation’s second-ranked defense, allowing an average of 236.7 yards a game.After Jones fired a 13-yard pass to Smith in the back of the end zone for a 41-24 Alabama lead with 9:32 to go, Georgia’s last gasp failed when Jack Podlesny missed a 35-yard field goal with 6:05 left.Alabama’s Nick Saban, who was allowed to coach after receiving three negative tests for COVID-19 following a positive result Wednesday, improved to 22-0 against his former assistants, including 3-0 against Georgia head coach Kirby Smart. The Crimson Tide have won 28 consecutive games against SEC East opponents.The game spun late in the third quarter with Georgia leading 24-20 and Alabama pinned back on its own 10-yard line. But Jones hit Waddle on a deep pass as defensive back Tyson Campbell stumbled and fell, resulting in a 90-yard touchdown.