Jalen Hurts hits Calvin Ridley for 78-yard TD

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3 thoughts as No. 1 Alabama rolls past CSU

Now it's on to the SEC.

In addition to Hurts' offensive production, the Crimson Tide (3-0) scored 14 points off two Rams' (2-2) turnovers. The first-quarter stats were utterly one-sided, with Alabama outgaining Colorado State 216-11. They still regrouped that season to win Saban's fourth national championship in Tuscaloosa and his fifth overall. Rams quarterback Nick Stevens sailed a pass that landed in the hands of safety Hootie Jones, who returned the ball deep into Colorado State territory.

"Jalen played an outstanding game tonight, both running and passing", Saban said. Shortly after the Crimson Tide struck again with 78-yard catch and run from wide receiver Calvin Ridley. "We were getting too lackadaisical".

Finding themselves up just a single score with two minutes remaining in the half, Alabama quickly went to work, taking only three plays to add yet another offensive touchdown.

The Rams went three-and-out on their first possession but used a 65-yard Ryan Stonehouse punt to pin Alabama at its 5.

Colorado State opened the second half by driving the ball to the UA 33-yard line before senior defensive back Levi Wallace tipped the CSU pass up in the air where Harrison snagged it out of the air for the interception at the 12-yard line.

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Hurts broke out the holstered pistols celebration following the touchdown pass. After owning the first quarter, Alabama managed just 85 second-quarter yards compared to 155 by the Rams. "Their quarterback did a good job for them".

"The first two possessions (of the second half) we drive down the field and turn the ball over, which really killed us", CSU coach Mike Bobo said.

Alabama put in its second-team offense for much of the fourth quarter before reinserting its first team grouping for the final 1:46 of the game.

Alabama capitalized on the Colorado State miscue, rumbling 88 yards on 14 plays, and finishing the drive with a nine-yard touchdown run by junior running back Bo Scarbrough, extending the UA lead to 31-10 with 6:52 to go in the third quarter. "We made a lot of mental errors". This football team makes you beat them week in and week out.

"That should be the focus that we have so that we can continue to improve". The drive ended in a career-long 49-yard Huegel field goal, providing the halftime score of 19-7. Alabama TE Miller Forristall left the game in the third quarter and did not return.

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