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Jalen Hurts hits Calvin Ridley for 78-yard TD

Jalen Hurts hits Calvin Ridley for 78-yard TD

The Crimson Tide approved to 3-0 under the lights in front of a raucous crowd. "I expect them to make a play and they did a good job of doing that".

But when the Crimson Tide needed a stop on back-to-back third-quarter drives deep into its own territory, two of Alabama's safeties came through with interceptions. He got that against Colorado State. Alabama appeared to go three-and-out with its first possession of the third quarter, but the Rams were flagged for an illegal substitution, and theTide capitalized with a 14-play, 88-yard drive that culminated with a 9-yard Scarbrough run to go up 31-10. On their next possession, the Rams were even better, marching 85 yards in 11 plays and pulling within 17-10 on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nick Stevens to Warren Jackson.

Colorado State had cut the lead to 17-10 with the game marching towards halftime.

Hurts could have continued to compile numbers, but left the game late in the third quarter. Hurts capped a six-play, 75-yard drive with a 27-yard rushing touchdown to make it 7-0 early in the first quarter.

On the play, which can be seen in the video above, quarterback Jalen Hurts found Ridley down the middle of the field and the junior wideout hauled in the pass and outran the defenders to the end zone for a 78-yard score. Bama kept a balanced offense throwing for 248 yards and running for 239 yards throwing for two touchdowns and running for three total.

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After missing his first two tries from 40 yards-plus this season, Tide redshirt senior Andy Pappanastos connected on both his attempts from long range Saturday, including a career-long 46-yard field goal to put the Tide up 17-0 with 5:13 left in the first quarter. The Tide had gone 12 consecutive contests without scoring a touchdown on their opening possession until striking on their first drive last week.

After coming up empty in the first game and only pulling in two short passes last week, Foster's 58-yard score in Saturday's 41-23 win over the Rams was his first touchdown in more than 2 years.

Alabama entered the half with a 24-10 lead.

Passing defense: B+ - Alabama managed to hold Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens without 300 passing yards for the first time this season, finishing with 247 yards on 21 of 38 passing. Alabama LBs Rashaan Evans (groin), Anfernee Jennings (ankle) and Dylan Moses were all held out of the game on Saturday.


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