No. 1 Alabama vs. Fresno State: Game outlook, where to watch, listen

12 September, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Darren Santiago
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Alabama sophomore QB Jalen Hurts completed 14-of-18 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries in Saturday's 41-10 win over Fresno Sate.

Bama (2-0) needed just two plays and 39 second to get the lead over the Bulldogs.

After his TD run, Hurts led the top-ranked Tide to touchdown drives on its first three series, including a 3-yard touchdown run to go up top 21-3 with 14:25 left in the second quarter.

Quarterback Chason Virgil led the way on offense with 246 passing yards and a passing touchdown.

Hurts also hit a wide-open Hentges for a 23-yarder in the first quarter. Hurts finished with 96 passing yards on 10-of-18 passing.

The Crimson Tide entered their matchup against Fresno State as a 43 1/2 point favorite and after the starters put the game out of reach leading 28-3 in the second quarter, it provided an opportunity for Alabama's youth to step onto the field to gain experience.

The Alabama Crimson Tide should get a whole lot more out of their offense this week against Fresno State.

"I thought we did a good job of executing the game plan, came out and played hard and did a way better job of executing", Hurts said. Defensively, Fresno State football yields 0 points and 125.0 total yards, 155.0 in passing and -30.0 in rushing per game.

The cliched "week one to week two" adage suggests Alabama will show its most improvement Saturday, unwelcome news for a rebuilding Bulldogs program under first-year coach Jeff Tedford.

Special teams - C: There weren't almost as many opportunities for big special teams plays Saturday as there were in Week 1, but senior kicker Andy Pappanastos nailed his two field goal tries from 24 and 22 yards in the second half and punter JK Scott averaged almost 50 yards a kick.

Following back-to-back Bulldog punts, the Crimson Tide drove the ball down the field easily, using six plays and amassing 77 yards in just 2:29, finishing the drive with a five-yard touchdown run by junior running back Damien Harris.

In its final three games last season - against Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship contest, Washington in the Peach Bowl national semifinal and Clemson in the title game - Alabama opened by going three-and-out all three times.

Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts didn't have to do much in the season opener either.

Alabama lost two starting linebackers for the season in Christian Miller (biceps) and Terrell Lewis (elbow).

"But it wasn't a ideal game - I wasn't 100 percent (passing), we had some mistakes offensively, special teams and defensively (we) had some mistakes I'm sure", Hurts said.

1 - Penalty on Fresno State. With 231 yards of total offense in the first half, Hurts surpassed 4,000 yards of total offense in his Alabama career.

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