Alabama QB hurts CSU.

To­pranked Crim­son Tide rolls past CSU be­hind Jalen Hurts.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Bro­hard

TUSCALOOSA, ALA.» There’s a rea­son there are warn­ing stick­ers on dan­ger­ous ma­te­ri­als, and the foot­ball team at Alabama def­i­nitely qual­i­fies.

When Colorado State made a mis­take Satur­day night at Bryant­denny Sta­dium, the top-ranked Crim­son Tide was there to pounce, pro­duc­ing a 41-23 vic­tory.

CSU coach Mike Bobo cau­tioned all week his Rams could ill af­ford to al­low big plays to the Tide’s of­fense, and his of­fense had to be stingy with the ball. Nick Sa­ban’s team re­ally doesn’t need the help, but it has proven it can take ad­van­tage through the years.

Two big scor­ing plays helped fuel Alabama’s of­fense, and just when CSU’S of­fense had started to find a groove, a pair of in­ter­cep­tions off of Nick Stevens set up the Tide to widen its lead.

“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. “We can­not turn the ball over against a good foot­ball team and ex­pect to win. This foot­ball team makes you beat them week in and week out. They don’t make mis­takes. They make you earn ev­ery­thing, es­pe­cially of­fen­sively. There’s no loose cov­er­age.”

Down 24-10 at half­time, Colorado State had driven into Alabama ter­ri­tory, but War­ren Jack­son had a pass go through his hands and right to Ron­nie Har­ri­son. That led to an 88-yard scor­ing drive for the Tide, and mak­ing mat­ters worse, the Rams had a stop on an early third-down play, but an il­le­gal sub­sti­tu­tion flag gave the Tide a restart.

Stevens was picked off the next drive, throw­ing one way and hav­ing his re­ceiver cut an­other. Hootie Jones took it 65 yards to the CSU 11, and two plays later, the hosts were com­fort­ably ahead 3810.

All the Rams had was what could have been.

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.

Alabama was sim­ply dy­namic on its first two drives. Hurts scram­bled for 27 yards for Bama’s first touch­down, then he con­nected with Calvin Ri­d­ley on a slant that the re­ceiver turned into a 78yard scor­ing play — which came after a CSU punt had pinned them on the 5 — and more than half of the first quar­ter still re­mained.

A 46-yard field goal from Andy Pap­panas­tos seemed to sig­nify the rout was on, as Colorado State had just 11 yards of of­fense in the first quar­ter, while Bama had pro­duced 216.

But it didn’t spin out of con­trol as the Rams. In fact, they scored the next 10 points.

“I think guys were just kinda timid at first. The stage, it might have taken a few guys to get go­ing,” cen­ter Jake Bennett said. “But once we did, I think we showed what we could do. If we would have got­ten out to a bet­ter start it might have been a dif­fer­ent story.”

CSU faced a third-and-long, but three con­sec­u­tive plays re­sulted in first downs, with quar­ter­back Stevens run­ning and throw­ing the Rams for­ward. The drive re­sulted in a 27-yard Wy­att Bryan field goal, and then CSU upped the ante.

The Rams went on a 12-play, 85yard drive over­com­ing a penalty that erased a first down, but on the next play, tight end Dal­ton Fack­rell reached be­hind a Tide de­fender and stole a pass, re­sult­ing in a 25-yard gain. Stevens capped it with a third-down fade in the end zone to true fresh­man War­ren Jack­son, who lept over An­thony Averett for a 4-yard score.

Jack­son would go high for his sec­ond touch­down in the game late in the fourth quar­ter, the first two of his col­lege ca­reer.

“I think they were both two amaz­ing catches,” Stevens said. “I knew from prac­tice he’s a big dude who’s go­ing to go up for the ball if you put it in his ra­dius. The first one he went up over the dude and made a spec­tac­u­lar catch. The sec­ond one, I think it was a bet­ter ball. He went over the shoul­der and was able to track it in and catch it. Re­ally, re­ally good things to see out of that young guy.”

But Bama be­ing Bama, the host team stole the mo­men­tum back when Hurts beat a CSU blitz by find­ing Rod­ney Foster on a curl, and Foster cut it back to the mid­dle and out­ran the CSU de­fense for a 53-yard touch­down and a 2410 lead at the break.

Hurts rushed for 103 yards and passed for 248 and two scores. Oregon State

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