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No. 1 Alabama breezes past Colorado State

No. 1 Alabama breezes past Colorado State No. 1 Alabama breezes past Colorado State
Kristopher Love | 17 September, 2017, 10:05

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

Junior safety Ronnie Harrison nabbed a pass from Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens on a tipped pass by Tide senior corner Levi Wallace at the Tide 12-yard-line just 2:24 into the third quarter.

Jalen Hurts made a gun symbol with hands, blowing off the barrels before tucking them back into their imaginary holsters.

NOTES: After missing the first two games, Alabama RB Josh Jacobs (hamstring) earned the start on Saturday.

Hurts set the tone early, breaking a 14-yard gain on a draw on Alabama's first play from scrimmage. His long carry of the game was a 17-yarder, and he had a nine-yard touchdown in the middle of the third to give Alabama a 31-10 lead.

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.

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.

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. The receiver turned upfield and saw a running lane, burning past the Rams' defense for 52 yards on the way to the end zone.

Alabama's defense would strike again on Colorado State's next possession.

Nick Saban's offense came out of the gate hot, scoring 14 points and totalling almost 200 yards before the majority of fans were even settled in their seats.

Rushing offense: B - Once again, Alabama's ground game revolved around sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts, who led the way with 103 rushing yards on 11 carries, including a 27-yard touchdown to cap the game's first offensive series. They racked up 387 total yards and converted 10 of their 17 third-down opportunities.

Evans wasn't alone in his absence, with fellow injured linebackers Anfernee Jennings (ankle) and Dylan Moses (unknown) both sitting out Saturday's game. Colorado State gets a trip to Hawaii next week.

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