Jalen Hurts hits Calvin Ridley for 78-yard TD

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3 thoughts as No. 1 Alabama rolls past CSU

The Crimson Tide stormed past Colorado State 41-23 Saturday, gaining 487 yards in a balanced offensive performance.

The Crimson Tide approved to 3-0 under the lights in front of a raucous crowd.

For a second straight week No. 1 Alabama rolled out to a hot start before choking out an inferior opponent in the second half. He scored on 27-yard run in the game's opening drive. The drive was set up by an interception from safety Ronnie Harrison.

Alabama outgained Colorado State 216-11 in total yardage during the first quarter.

The Alabama offense made Colorado State pay two plays later with a five-yard touchdown run by junior running back Damien Harris, pushing the Tide advantage to 38-10 with 5:18 left in the third.

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After Alabama converted on a 46-yard field goal attempt (17-0), CSU was finally able to move the chains for the first time on their third offensive series of the game. 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.

After Alabama's defense forced a quick three-and-out, Hurts hit Calvin Ridley on a slant and Ridley did the rest, outrunning everyone for a 78-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 with 8:56 left in the first quarter. The drive ended in a career-long 49-yard Huegel field goal, providing the halftime score of 19-7. But Hurts answered on the next drive with a 52-yard pass to Robert Foster.

Alabama entered the half with a 24-10 lead.

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. Alabama LBs Rashaan Evans (groin), Anfernee Jennings (ankle) and Dylan Moses were all held out of the game on Saturday.

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