3 takeaways from the Tide's win over Colorado State

3 takeaways from the Tide's win over Colorado State

"The first two possessions (of the second half) we drive down the field and turn the ball over, which really killed us", CSU coach Mike Bobo said.

The Alabama Crimson Tide, the S&P+'s top-rated team, beat up on the Colorado State Rams Saturday night.

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

The start to the game was the nightmare Colorado State hoped to avoid, with Jalen Hurts hitting big plays with his legs and arm as the Tide rolled out to a 17-0 lead with 5:13 still remaining in the first quarter.

Hurts set the tone early, breaking a 14-yard gain on a draw on Alabama's first play from scrimmage. Shortly after the Crimson Tide struck again with 78-yard catch and run from wide receiver Calvin Ridley.

Alabama turned both interceptions into scores, as junior Bo Scarbrough capped a 14-play, 88-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown with 6:52 left in the third, and fellow junior Damien Harris punched it in from 5 yards out 1 ½ minutes later.

Meanwhile, Ridley continues to climb the Alabama record books, pulling even with legendary tight end Ozzie Newsome for fourth in school history with 16 career touchdowns on a 78-yard score midway through the first quarter. "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".

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.

After Alabama missed a 52-yard field goal to open the second quarter, Colorado State drove down the field in 12 plays, setting up a 27-yard field goal that trimmed the Tide lead to 17-3 with 10:34 left in the half.

Colorado State moved to Alabama's 33-yard line on the opening possession of the second half, but Stevens was intercepted by safety Ronnie Harrison at the Tide 12.

Stevens found Warren Jackson again late in the fourth for a 3-yard touchdown pass to make it 41-23 with less than two minutes left.

The kicking game was also sound with Andy Pappanastos nailing two field goals, both of which were over 40 yards. Alabama LBs Rashaan Evans (groin), Anfernee Jennings (ankle) and Dylan Moses were all held out of the game on Saturday. Alabama travels to Nashville next Saturday to face Vanderbilt.

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