Bryce Young suffered a sprained shoulder at Arkansas on Saturday, but that wasn’t enough to derail Alabama.
The No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide (5-0) remained unbeaten with a convincing 49-26 win over No. 20-ranked Arkansas (3-2) at Razorback Stadium.
Young exited the game with Alabama up 14-10 in the second quarter, injured after landing awkwardly on his shoulder when chased from the pocket to the sideline on an incomplete pass.
“Bryce has a little AC sprain in his shoulder,” Saban said, per a TDAMagazine.com report. “We’ll have to take it day-to-day. I think he’s OK. He doesn’t have a serious injury. We didn’t think he could go back in the game today because I didn’t he had much steam on throwing the ball.
“He’s had these before and in a few days he starts to respond pretty well so we’ll just have to see how it goes and play it day-to-day.”
Young was 7-of-13 passing for 173 yards with a touchdown and interception when he exited the game.
Freshman Jalen Milroe came on in relief of Young and completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown as the Tide shifted to a ground game.
Jahmyr Gibbs, a transfer from Georgia Tech, made the most of the opportunity with 206 yards and 2 touchdowns rushing on 18 carries, along with 2 catches for 20 yards.
Alabama took a 28-0 first-half lead before Arkansas could get on the scoreboard to close the gap to 28-7 at intermission.
The Razorbacks owned the third quarter, kicking a field goal and scoring two touchdowns to close the gap to 28-23 entering the fourth quarter.
Alabama took over from there with Gibbs breaking loose on touchdown runs of 72 and 76 yards as the Tide pulled away.
The Tide plays host to Texas A&M (3-2) next Saturday.
The Aggies suffered a 42-24 loss at Mississippi State (4-1) on Saturday.
Ole Miss 22, Kentucky 19
Lane Kiffin’s Rebels emerged as the unbeaten team in Oxford, turning away a turnover-prone Kentucky team.
Wildcats’ quarterback Will Levis fumbled at the Ole Miss 16 and 12 on the final two possessions, and Kentucky missed a field goal, had an extra point kick blocked and had a bad extra-point snap on another occasion.
Levis, projected as a first-round NFL pick, was 18-of-24 passing for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Kentucky tailback Chris Rodriguez, the SEC’s leading returning rusher, had 72 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in his first game of the season after a four-game suspension.
The Wildcats (4-1) play host to South Carolina (3-2) at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday. The Gamecocks beat South Carolina State 50-10 on Thursday night.