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17 September 2017, 02:54 | Devin Moran
Colorado State @ No. 1 Alabama Saturday at 6:00 p.m. On ESPN2
Now it's on to the SEC.
Alabama outgained Colorado State 216-11 in total yardage during the first quarter.
"I was really pleased with the way we came out and started fast in this game on both sides of the ball", Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "We certainly tried to play some other players, but we didn't do a very good job functionally and really kind of let them back in the game". They racked up 387 total yards and converted 10 of their 17 third-down opportunities.
The Crimson Tide improved to 3-0 under the lights in front of a raucous crowd.
Colorado State's high-powered offense took its shots against the Alabama defense and at times found success, including a pair of lengthy scoring drives in the second quarter.
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. "We were getting too lackadaisical". It was his first touchdown catch since 2015.
Moses became the fifth Alabama linebacker to miss time this season with an injury, joining outside linebackers Christian Miller (bicep) and Terrell Lewis (elbow), who are out for the season after undergoing surgeries last week.
The Rams got on the board early in the second quarter after kicker Wyatt Bryan connected on a 27-yard field goal to make it 17-3.
The Tide offense, though, was a balanced attack. 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. Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns, one to Calvin Ridley and one to Robert Foster. They make you earn everything, especially offensively. "We came here to do one thing and that was to win the ball game, but I'm proud of our effort and how hard they played".
The rest of the game was more competitive in Alabama's second straight matchup against a team from the Mountain West Conference. The Tide allowed 391 yards and 10 of 17 third-down conversions after giving up 17 points combined in the first two games.
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"That should be the focus that we have so that we can continue to improve". He added another 103 yards and a score on the ground.
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