Alabama vs. Colorado State

12 September, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Jeannette Greene
  • Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts throws the ball before an NCAA college football game against Fresno State Saturday Sept. 9 2017 in Tuscaloosa Ala

Hurts sparked the Crimson Tide with a 55-yard touchdown run two plays into the game.

Hurts aplenty: Coming off one of his worst games last week, sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts was electric Saturday, compiling 231 total yards in a near-perfect first half, including completing 12 of 13 passes for 112 yards and a 23-yard touchdown to tight end Hale Hentges.

Bo Scarbrough, running back, junior, 6-foot-2, 232 pounds: exclusively judging on statistics, Scarbrough had a forgettable week one performance, rushing for only 40 yards on 15 carries - the most carries of any Crimson Tide running back. Senior wideout Calvin Ridley had seven receptions for 82 yards against the Seminoles and caught his 15th career touchdown pass, tied for fifth in Crimson Tide history. But it gave up just one sack and three tackles for loss against a Crimson Tide defense that had nine TFL's in an opening victory over Florida State.

The Crimson Tide wasted no time in jumping on Fresno State by scoring 28 first half points.

Alabama cornerback Anthony Averett vs. Fresno State wide receiver KeeSean Johnson: The team's leading receiver last season who began this season with a spot on the Biletnikoff Award's preseason watch list, Johnson returns as Fresno State's lone explosive playmaker.

In head coach Jeff Tedford's second game at the helm, the Bulldogs struggled to defend against the run, a problem that has plagued the team for years.

Alabama fans got a glimpse of the future, but the present is still very much the Jalen Hurts show.

The game gave Alabama a chance to get significant playing for freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and fellow five-star signee tailback Najee Harris. The interception led to a Pappanastos 22-yard field goal, pushing the Tide lead to 34-3 with 7:08 left in the game. It has to happen sooner or later, but will this be the week that an Alabama opponent finally gets a takeaway?

Damien Harris also ran for a score on a gain of five. I sort of like this team, but I also think that some of the circumstances that the season has created so far has created some opportunities for some guys. Tagovailoa was 6 of 9 for 64 yards in his college debut with a 16-yard TD pass to another highly touted freshman, Henry Ruggs III.

- Rivers is the first true freshman to start two games in a season at Fresno State since Derrick Ward in 1999.

"We obviously have a lot of work to do at that position", Saban said, adding that the game experience will help in that regard.

Kenny Hill was 21-of-31 passing for 166 yards for TCU, and the Horned Frogs held the Razorbacks to 267 yards of total offense - a week after allowing only 65 yards in a 63-0 victory over Jackson State.

$1,400,000: The Fresno State athletic department will pocket $1.4 million for this Tuscaloosa trip, according to a copy of the game contract obtained by The Anniston Star.


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