TAMPA, Fla. — No. 10 Alabama made a change at quarterback on Saturday, starting Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner on the road at South Florida.
The move came a week after the Crimson Tide’s 34-24 loss to Texas. Jalen Milroe started the first two games of the season, though he shared playing time with Buchner and Ty Simpson during a Week 1 rout of Middle Tennessee.
Buchner started the first two games of 2022 for Notre Dame before a shoulder injury sidelined him the rest of the regular season. He returned to throw for three touchdowns and run for two more to help the Fighting Irish beat South Carolina in the Gator Bowl.
Milroe threw for two touchdowns in Alabama’s loss to Texas, but was also intercepted twice.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Alabama looks to rebound after faltering late in a 34-24 loss at home to Texas last week. The Crimson Tide are 13-1 following a regular-season loss since 2008. Although they haven’t dropped consecutive regular season games during that stretch, the Crimson Tide did follow a defeat to rival Auburn with a loss to Oklahoma in the 2014 Sugar Bowl. The Crimson Tide has outscored opponents 460 to 160 in those 14 games following a regular season loss. South Florida is two games into a rebuild under first-year coach Alex Golesh, who was offensive coordinator at Tennessee when the Volunteers beat Alabama 52-49 last season.
Milroe has thrown for 449 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions while also rushing for 92 yards and a pair of TDs through two games. WR Jermaine Burton has five receptions for 120 yards and two TDs.
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