No. 1 Alabama breezes past Colorado State

No. 1 Alabama breezes past Colorado State

Hurts broke out the holstered pistols celebration following the touchdown pass.

On its first possession of the second half, Alabama pounded Colorado State with its running game and a few quick passes.

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough ran 12 times for 66 yards and a score in a 41-23 victory over Colorado State on Saturday.

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.

Colorado State's high-powered offense took its shots against the Alabama defense and at times found success, including a pair of lengthy scoring drives in the second quarter.

The Rams got on the board early in the second quarter after kicker Wyatt Bryan connected on a 27-yard field goal to make it 17-3. "We came here to do one thing and that was to win the ball game, but I'm proud of our effort and how hard they played".

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Later in the quarter, freshman wide receiver Warren Jackson silenced over 100 thousand fans when he went up and over an Alabama defensive back to bring in a four-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Nick Stevens. They racked up 387 total yards and converted 10 of their 17 third-down opportunities.

Thanks to the big plays, Alabama posted a quick 17-0 first-quarter lead on Colorado State, which managed just one first down in the opening quarter.

The 78-yard touchdown from Hurts to Ridley in the first quarter marked a new career long for Hurts, who had a 71-yard score to ArDarius Stewart in last season's opener against Southern California. Nick Stevens completed 21 of 38 passes for 247 yards.

Alabama entered the half with a 24-10 lead. "If we would have gotten out to a better start, it might have been a different story". We were a little hesitant on both sides of the ball. "We can not give these kind of athletes (at Alabama) that much space". Alabama, now 3-0, will play the first of seven straight games against Southeastern Conference foes this week when the Crimson Tide visit Vanderbilt, which also is 3-0. Alabama LBs Rashaan Evans (groin), Anfernee Jennings (ankle) and Dylan Moses were all held out of the game Saturday.

"We have a lot of work to do", Saban said. Alabama TE Miller Forristall left the game in the third quarter and did not return.

Colorado State: off next weekend before traveling to Hawaii.

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