MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Jedrick Wills Jr. did not end the second quarter on a good note.
On Alabama’s final drive of the first half, the Alabama offensive lineman had three penalties called on him. Wills was called for holding as running back Josh Jacobs broke out a 13-yard run.
Wills was later flagged for a false start. Alabama called a timeout, set to face a third down with 5 yards to go. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa then threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Irv Smith Jr. But thanks to Wills’ third penalty, an illegal formation, it did not count.
There was one more flag thrown on Alabama. This time it was on running back Damien Harris (false start) and ended up being the Crimson Tide’s last offensive play.
Nick Saban threw his headset to the ground and it appeared to break. Joseph Bulovas made a 38-yard field goal to salvage the drive.