John Metchie Delivers an Iron Bowl Performance to Remember
With Jameson Williams being ejected in the first half because of a targeting penalty, John Metchie was targeted 24 times.
No other player had more than six.
The Ontario native reeled in a career-high 13 receptions for 150 yards and caught both of the Crimson Tide’s two-point conversions in overtime, including the game-winner.
Before the game went into overtime, Bryce Young engineered a 12-play, 97-yard drive to tie the game at the end of regulation. Young hit Metchie for a 22-yard reception on third-and-10 from the shadow of his own end zone.
The two would connect in the third overtime to put Alabama up 22-20. In the fourth overtime, Metchie beat Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary at the goal line to give Alabama the 24-22 victory. Metchie and McCreary battled all game, but it was the Alabama wideout that won the final matchup. Metchie gave credit to his quarterback for the game-winning play.
“9 (Young) just gave me a route. I ran the route he called,” said Metchie, “So it all goes to the quarterback. The kid’s the GOAT. Just following the general, man.”
Metchie responded after the game to Auburn players mocking his Karate Kid celebration on several occasions. “I guess all I’ll say is Roll Tide,” he said, “We won.”
On the season, Metchie has hauled in 90 receptions for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns. It is only the second time in school history that Alabama has had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers.
The Crimson Tide will face Georgia on Saturday, Dec. 4 in the SEC Championship Game.