The Crimson Tide defeats Fresno State 41-10 in home opener


Fresno State scored on Chason Virgil's 26-yard pass to Derrion Grim with just over six minutes left.

Hurts showed off what he had in store from the opening drive. Though he completed 78 percent of his passes against Fresno State, Alabama QB Jalen Hurts has yet to prove he can throw consistently with accuracy on passes 20 yards or longer. He finished 14 of 18 for 128 passing yards.

Spreading the ball around: One game after junior receiver Calvin Ridley was the lone player with more than two targets in the passing game, Alabama spread the ball around a lot more Saturday, with eight different receivers earning catches.

John Kelly ran for 80 yards and caught five passes for 60 yards to lead the Volunteers in rushing and receiving.

"He made it known to all of us right from the get-go that, 'Hey guys, we've got to play better this week, '" tight end Hale Hentges said.

The Bulldogs were able to get things going on offense on their second drive. But that would be as far as the Bulldogs (1-1) would get as Virgil was chased out of bounds on third-and-1 for no gain before kicker Jimmy Camacho nailed a 27-yard field goal with 4:03 left in the first quarter. Defensively, a pair of interceptions from Jamal Hicks and a sack from Trey Sutton highlighted a defensive outing that saw the Rams hold Abilene to 333 yards of total offense and 5 for 16 on 3rd down. The Tide outgained the 'Dogs 198 to 67 in the opening quarter.

Rushing defense - B+: Despite giving up the occasional big play, Alabama only allowed Fresno State 58 total rushing yards on 22 carries for a 2.63 average.

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Jalen Hurts does his best work while on the run. Najee Harris racked up 70 yards on 13 carries while Damien Harris added a rushing score of his own.

Next, Alabama will be back at home to take on Colorado State. It was the tight end's first career touchdown. Of course we didn't accomplish what we came here to do, but I was pleased with the team in the second half; it would have been easy to roll over.

"I kind of already knew what type of team we were". "I'm not here to protect the player". So, I think the combination of those two things make us better. They are a great team. That's something we take pride in.

- The announced crowd of 101,127 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday was the second-largest crowd the 'Dogs have played in front of in program history.

Alabama led the Southeastern Conference in tackles for loss last season with 118, or 7.9 per game, and has been ranked in the top three for the past three years. He ended the game with a career-high 154 yards on the ground.

- Jimmy Camacho made his first field goal of the season and his third of his career. In Week Two, it should be more of the same for them as they face the Fresno State Bulldogs. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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