Ranked Alabama rolls against Colorado State

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

Alabama has started 3-0 every year under Saban with the exception of 2015, when the Crimson Tide suffered a 43-37 loss to Ole Miss in the third game.

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.

The start to the game was the nightmare Colorado State hoped to avoid, with Jalen Hurts hitting big plays with his legs and arm as the Tide rolled out to a 17-0 lead with 5:13 still remaining in the first quarter. Senior defensive back Hootie Jones and junior defensive back Ronnie Harrison each had interceptions to anchor the defense.

Stevens finished 21 of 38 for 247 yards and two touchdowns, including a 4-yard strike to Warren Jackson to cap the 11-play scoring drive with 2:18 remaining in the second quarter.

There's a reason there are warning stickers on risky materials, and the football team at Alabama definitely qualifies.

After Clemson forced a three-and-out to open the game, Bryant moved the Tigers 79 yards in 10 plays, taking care of the last eight himself to stake Clemson to a 7-0 lead.

"Our guys played hard and they fought".

"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.

But in one moment Saturday, as Foster darted across the field, weaving between Colorado State defenders on a 58-yard catch-and-run touchdown a minute before halftime, all those feelings were expunged. Colorado State's two-point try failed.

Hurts set the tone early, breaking a 14-yard gain on a draw on Alabama's first play from scrimmage.

The kicking game was also sound with Andy Pappanastos nailing two field goals, both of which were over 40 yards.

The Rams' first non-penalty first down didn't come until 29 seconds into the second quarter on an 11-yard pass from senior quarterback Nick Stevens to running back Dalyn Dawkins to get across midfield for the first time.

Alabama was simply dynamic on its first two drives.

Alabama entered the half with a 24-10 lead. This football team makes you beat them week in and week out. "If we would have gotten out to a better start, it might have been a different story". "We can not give these kind of athletes (at Alabama) that much space". The first-quarter stats were utterly one-sided, with Alabama outgaining Colorado State 216-11.

Evans wasn't alone in his absence, with fellow injured linebackers Anfernee Jennings (ankle) and Dylan Moses (unknown) both sitting out Saturday's game.

"We have a lot of work to do", Saban said.

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