(1) Alabama - 41, Colorado State - 23
September 16, 2016
Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts
collected 351 yards of total offense, while throwing two
touchdown passes and rushing for another touchdown, as the
top-ranked University of Alabama football team cruised past
Colorado State, 41-23, Saturday night at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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In addition to Hurts' offensive production, the Crimson
Tide (3-0) scored 14 points off two Rams' (2-2) turnovers.
Hurts finished the game 12-of-17 for 248 yards and two
scores through the air, and a game-high 103 yards on the
ground on 11 carries to lead the Alabama offense. The game
marked Hurts' sixth career 100-yard rushing game and his
second in a row.
Junior Calvin Ridley led all receivers with 92 yards on
three catches, including a 78-yard touchdown reception in
the first quarter. With 2,031 career receiving yards,
Ridley is now the fifth 2000-yard receiver in Alabama
On the defensive side of the ball, junior Keith Holcombe
led the way with a career-high nine total tackles and a pass
breakup. Senior defensive back Hootie Jones and junior
defensive back Ronnie Harrison each had interceptions to
anchor the defense.
For the second-consecutive game, Alabama scored on its
opening drive of the game, going 75 yards in six plays,
capped by Hurts bolting up the middle for a 27-yard
touchdown run, putting the Tide up 7-0 with 12:43 left in
the first quarter.
Following a Colorado State three-and-out, the Crimson Tide
needed just four plays to go 95 yards and score its second
touchdown of the game when Hurts found Ridley streaking down
the field for a 78-yard touchdown, giving Alabama the 14-0
lead with 8:56 remaining in the opening quarter. The 78-yard
hookup set a new career-best long pass for Hurts, surpassing
his previous long of 71-yard on a pitch-and-catch against
USC on Sept. 3, 2016.
After the Rams went three-and-out again, the Tide scored on
its third-straight offensive drive of the first quarter.
Senior kicker Andy Pappanastos netted a career-long 46-yard
field goal, giving Alabama the 17-0 lead with 5:13 left in
the first quarter.
Alabama outgained Colorado State 216-11 in total yardage
during the first quarter.
After Alabama missed a 52-yard field goal to open the second
quarter, Colorado State drove down the field in 12 plays,
setting up a 27-yard field goal that trimmed the Tide lead
to 17-3 with 10:34 left in the half.
The Tide came up empty on its next drive, while the Rams
responded with an 11-play 85 yard drive that ended with a
four-yard touchdown run, cutting the Alabama lead to seven
with 2:18 on the clock.
The Tide answered quickly, taking just a minute and 18
seconds off the clock, after senior wide receiver, Robert
Foster, took Hurts' short pass through the entire CSU
defense for a 52-yard touchdown.
The Tide led the Rams 24-10 at halftime, amassing 301 total
yards of offense in the first half.
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
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.
On the following CSU drive, the Rams possessed the ball at
the UA 48-yard line before attempting a deep pass down the
right side that found Jones for an interception. Jones
returned the pick 65 yards to the CSU 11-yard line.
The Alabama offense made Colorado State pay two plays later
with a five-yard touchdown run by junior running back Damien
Harris, pushing the Tide advantage to 38-10 with 5:18 left
in the third.
In the fourth quarter, the Tide added to its lead when
Pappanastos netted his second field goal of the night, this
time from 43 yards out, capping an eight play 65-yard drive
with 14:51 left in the game.
CSU added a touchdown with 9:53 left in the on the clock on
a five-yard run on fourth down, to make it 41-17. The Rams
struck again with 1:46 remaining in the contest with a
three-yard touchdown pass, to cut the UA lead to 41-23. The
Tide stood tall on the two-point conversion, batting down
the pass attempt to keep the score at 41-23.
Alabama returns to action Saturday, Sept. 23, with its SEC
opener against Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. Kickoff is set
for 2:30 p.m. CT with the game airing on CBS.
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