Alabama rolls to 3-0 start, 41-23 over Colorado State

Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after the BCS National Championship college football game against LSU in New Orleans. For seven years from 2006-12 parity in college football meant determini

The second touchdown throw was an exact delivery as well. 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 does what it does - In the words of Dennis Green, "they are who we thought they were". The 78-yard hookup set a new career-best long pass for Hurts, surpassing his previous long of 71-yard on a pitch-and-catch against USC on September 3, 2016. He added another 103 yards and a score on the ground. Ridley has at least one reception in all 33 games of his Crimson Tide career, which is the third-longest streak in the Bowl Subdivision. After the game, Saban said Hurts had an "outstanding game" both run and pass.

Alabama's defense would strike again on Colorado State's next possession. His offensive line didn't allow a sack, and both his touchdowns came on long catch-and-runs from his wide receivers. "If we would have gotten out to a better start, it might have been a different story".

NOTES: After missing the first two games, Alabama RB Josh Jacobs (hamstring) earned the start on Saturday. It was his only catch on the night, but it was a memorable one. Colorado State's two-point try failed.

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Alabama got out of the gate quickly for a second straight week, with Hurts running for 14 yards on the first play from scrimmage, throwing to Harris for 17 yards on the second play and then capping the six-play, 75-yard drive with a 27-yard scoring run. I'm blessed to have an opportunity.

As he did last week, Jalen Hurts opened things with his legs. He finished with more passing yards on Saturday than he had in the first two games combined. 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. The scoring play was the first of the young receiver's collegiate career and it could not have come on a bigger stage. The prognosis was a season-ending ACL injury, but Saban said that won't be confirmed until Sunday.

But it didn't spin out of control as the Rams scored the next 10 points.

Bryant hit Deon Cain for another touchdown on Clemson's final drive before the half, but the play was called back due to offsetting penalties. The time for that had passed. "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".