3 thoughts as No. 1 Alabama rolls past CSU

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The receiver turned upfield and saw a running lane, burning past the Rams' defense for 52 yards on the way to the end zone.

"They made plays that we normally would make but didn't make", Alabama head coach Nick Saban said.

Colorado State opened the second half by driving the ball to the UA 33-yard line before senior defensive back Levi Wallace tipped the CSU pass up in the air where Harrison snagged it out of the air for the interception at the 12-yard line. The game started promisingly for Alabama's defense, which allowed only 11 yards in the first quarter.

Including his touchdown Saturday, Foster would finish with just that one catch in the game.

Saban, Hamilton and others said after the game that the defense needs to be better, which will likely be repeated during that come-to-Jesus meeting on Monday.

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough ran 12 times for 66 yards and a score in a 41-23 victory over Colorado State on Saturday. Mercer pushed 83 yards in 12 plays, capped by Kaelan Riley's 7-yard scoring pass to Marquise Irvin with just less than 14 minutes to go. "That's always an emphasis here, execute and try to get that done".

Fast start: Alabama scored quickly on its first two possessions to set the tone for the evening. The Tide led the Rams 24-10 at intermission. Darius Anderson ran for two touchdowns for TCU (3-0) in the second half, including the first drive after halftime. "I was excited to have an opportunity again".

Hurts could have continued to compile numbers, but left the game late in the third quarter. Marcell Ateman (109) and Dillon Stoner (100) also reached the 100-yard receiving mark, the first time in 12 years a team has had four 100-yard receivers in the same 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. Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts accounted for three touchdowns in the first half - two passing, one rushing - and tied running back Trent Richardson (2009-11) for sixth place on the school's career touchdowns responsible for list at 43.

Overall, eight players completed passes and five players rushed the ball, making the Alabama offense a balanced front that many experts have wanted to see. Terrell Lewis and Christian Miller were lost for the season in the opener against Florida State, when starters Rashaan Evans and Anfernee Jennings also went down. Coach Nick Saban said the preliminary diagnosis was a torn ACL, but an MRI today would have to confirm that.

Backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was 1-for-4 passing. Give some credit to the Rams' offense moving the ball deep and their defense being able to stop some of Alabama's drives. That prompted Saban to put the first team offense back in the game for the final drive. The time for that had passed.

"Seems like he's in a real hurry to get out of here", Saban said with a grin.

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