No. 1 Alabama overpowers Colorado State

3 thoughts as No. 1 Alabama rolls past CSU

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts kicked off the offensive frenzy by scrambling for a 27-yard touchdown two minutes into the contest.

Alabama pulled away in the second half of its 41-23 win Saturday over Colorado State. He scored on 27-yard run in the game's opening drive.

Foster's catch and run came after Colorado State scored 10 straight points.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said missed assignments and mistakes helped Colorado State out. The Rams drove down the field twice to put points on the board. For us to answer the bell and come back and score points on that drive was huge, especially going into the halftime.

The first three scoring drives for Alabama totaled 6 minutes, 23 seconds.

More backups were on the field for the final CSU touchdown drive that covered 82 yards in 15 plays.

Foster caught a pass on the left sideline and sprinted toward the middle before making his way to the end zone. "That hurts you, I don't care who you are". Injuries aside, the Crimson Tide pass rush doesn't look anywhere near as good.

For a quarter, it played like the 2016 crew that ranked among the program's best - allowing Colorado State just 11 yards and without a first down outside of a pass interference flag.

The Crimson Tide played three quarterbacks in the team's win over Fresno, a game Alabama never really got close to covering.

For a second straight week No. 1 Alabama rolled out to a hot start before choking out an inferior opponent in the second half. Some of it has to do with a little bit of inexperience on the right side with Lester Cotton and Matt Womack, but also it seems like a fundamental issue.

Colorado State finished strong with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Only Ronnie Harrison's first interception of the season stopped the marching Rams short of the red zone.

Hurts passed for 248 yards and completed 12-of-17 passes. He passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third.

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.

"We didn't execute", Saban said. The 65-yard return came 11 yards short of Alabama's first non-offensive touchdown of the season.

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