(1) Alabama - 48, Kent State - 0
September 24, 2016
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama's top-ranked
football team (4-0) shutout Kent State (1-3), 48-0, before
a capacity crowd of 101,821 on Saturday afternoon at
Bryant-Denny Stadium on the campus of The University of
Alabama. A strong start by the Crimson Tide quickly ended
any question about the outcome as Alabama racked up a 21-0
lead after one quarter and led, 41-0, at halftime.
Alabama running back Joshua Jacobs (25) gets loose during
the first half of Alabama's football game with Kent State,
Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in
Photo Credit - Vasha Huntemail@example.com
Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts accounted for 218
total yards on the day, passing for 164 yards and rushing
for 54 yards. Tide wide receiver Cam Sims had a career-best
four catches for 54 yards while tight end O.J. Howard
caught three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Receiver
Trevon Diggs caught three passes for 23 yards and Derek
Kief had three catches for 17 yards as 12 Alabama players
caught at least one pass and nine players had at least
one rushing attempt in the game. Freshman running back
Joshua Jacobs rushed for 97 yards on 11 attempts and
scored two touchdowns. B.J. Emmons rushed for 51 yards
on eight carries. Bo Scarbrough gained 19 yards on three
carries in limited action due to an injury. Damien Harris
also left the game with an injury after gaining 19 yards
on four attempts.
Overall, the Tide gained 502 yards (217 passing and 285
rushing), picked up 26 first downs, and averaged 6.3 yards
per play. Kent State totaled 166 yards (84 passing and 82
rushing), along with converting five first downs and
averaging 3.6 yards per play. The Golden Flashes' George
Bollas completed four of eight passes for 71 yards.
Tide linebacker Reuben Foster recorded a team-best seven
total tackles, including two solos. As a unit, the Tide
defense had three quarterback sacks, five tackles for loss,
forced one fumble and was credited with six quarterback
Alabama punter JK Scott averaged 49.0 yards on two punts,
including a long of 53. Placekicker Adam Griffith connected
on both field goal attempts, connecting from 28 and 48
Alabama asserted its dominance quickly, taking the opening
kickoff and driving 70 yards in eight plays to get on the
scoreboard less than three minutes into the game. Hurts
took a quarterback keeper around right end for 20 yards
and a touchdown to give the Tide the early 7-0 lead
following Griffith's point-after kick. Alabama led, 7-0,
with 12:14 left in the first quarter. Hurts rushed three
times for 41 yards on the march.
KSU answered with a scoring threat of its own on the
ensuing possession. After a touchback on the kickoff,
KSU began at its 25. Rankin took a handoff at right
tackle on the first play and broke free for a 47-yard
run to the Tide 28. Three plays netted seven more yards,
setting up a 37-yard field goal attempt by Hynes, which
was no good and wide right, keeping the Alabama lead at
The Tide marched to another touchdown on the next drive.
Starting at its own 21, the Tide moved 79 yards in 10
plays to a score. Jacobs gained 16 on a run at left end
to the Tide 37 on the first play. A pass to tight end
O.J. Howard netted eight more to the 45. Jacobs rushed
for 10 over right end to the Kent State 45. Facing
second-and-15 at the 50, Hurts passed to Cam Sims for
eight yards to the KSU 42. After a Bo Scarbrough rush
gained six to the KSU 36, the Tide faced fourth-and-one.
Scarbrough gained the first down on a four-yard rush to
the 32. Then, Hurts passed to Sims for 31 yards to the
KSU one-yard line. Jacobs took it in from there on a
one-yard rush at right guard for the touchdown. Griffith's
conversion kick made it 14-0 for Alabama with 5:54 left
in the first period.
Alabama's offense notched its third touchdown in its first
three drives of the game following another KSU punt on the
next possession. The Tide moved 55 yards in four plays this
time on a march keyed by an 18-yard pass from Hurts to
Howard to the KSU 30 and ending on a 24-yard run by Jacobs
for the touchdown. Griffith's kick gave the Tide a 21-0
lead with 3:39 left in the opening period.
The Tide offense was on the march again as the first
quarter drew to a close. Alabama drove 75 yards in 16
plays to a field goal after another KSU punt. Hurts
passed for 17 yards to B.J. Emmons on the second play
of the drive to the Tide 33. Later, Jacobs gained 15
on a rush at left end on a third down play to set up
the Tide at the KSU 29. Three plays later, from the
KSU 11, Griffith nailed a 28-yard field goal to give
Alabama a 24-0 lead with 12:45 left in the half.
Tide cornerback Anthony Averett set up Alabama's next
score by forcing a fumble at the KSU 24 on the first
play of the ensuing possession. Tide safety Ronnie
Harrison recovered the loose ball at the KSU 24 and
Blake Barnett entered the game at quarterback for Alabama.
Three plays later, from the KSU 31, Griffith connected
on a 48-yard field goal to give the Tide a 27-0 lead
with 11:34 on the clock.
Alabama extended the lead on its next drive, moving 61
yards in five plays to a touchdown. Barnett completed
all three pass attempts on the march, hitting Ridley
for five yards on the first play, Jacobs for 15 yards
three plays later, and capping the drive with a 34-yard
pass across the middle to Howard, who took it in for
the touchdown. Griffith's point-after kick was good,
giving the Tide a 34-0 lead with 6:47 left in the half.
After another KSU possession failed to advance, Alabama's
Xavian Marks took Derek Adams' 40-yard punt at the Tide
25 and weaved through excellent blocking for 75 yards
and a touchdown. Andy Pappanastos' point-after kick gave
the Tide a 41-0 lead with 2:14 left in the half. The
return marked the sixth consecutive game that Alabama
has scored a non-offensive touchdown (a school record)
and the sixth such touchdown this season (the 52nd under
head coach Nick Saban). Adding in a blocked punt for a
safety in last year's SEC Championship Game win over
Florida, Alabama has posted a non-offensive score in
seven consecutive games.
The Tide's dominance of the first half was evident in
every statistical metric. The Tide had 18 first downs to
KSU's two; outgained KSU in total offense 352 to 53; ran
50 offensive plays to KSU's 24; outrushed KSU 177-43; had
a 175-10 edge in passing yardage; and held KSU to 0-for-7
in third down conversions.
Alabama kicked off to begin the second half. JK Scott's
kick sailed out of the end zone, setting up KSU at its 25.
The Golden Flashes were forced to punt again, so the Tide
took over at its 34 after Marks' eight-yard punt return.
Hurts completed six-of-seven passes on the drive for 43
yards on the 13-play, 66-yard drive that consumed 6:17 of
game time. The drive was capped by Hurts passing one yard
to fullback Mack Wilson for the touchdown, the first
catch of Wilson's career. Pappanastos kicked the extra
point to give Alabama a 48-0 lead with 6:14 left in the
KSU put together its most impressive drive of the day in
a march that spanned the end of the third period and the
opening minutes of the fourth quarter. The Golden Flashes
moved 73 yards in 11 plays to the Tide one-yard line. The
march ended in futility when, on fourth-and-goal at the
Tide seven-yard line, Bollas scrambled to what was
originally ruled a touchdown as he dove for the pylon in
the front left corner of the end zone. But an official
replay review revealed the Bollas was knocked out of
bounds short of the end zone by Tide linebacker Christian
Miller. Miller's stop preserved the shutout for Alabama
with 10:21 on the clock.
The shutout held, and Alabama's reserves played out the
rest of the quarter to end a 48-0 victory, the 17th shutout
victory for the Tide in the Nick Saban coaching era and
Alabama's 95th shutout win since 1958.
Alabama continues its season next Saturday, October 1, by
hosting Kentucky, which is slated to play South Carolina
tonight. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central Time at
Bryant-Denny Stadium and the game, which will serve as
Homecoming for the Tide, will be televised by ESPN.