Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ranked Alabama rolls against Colorado State

Ranked Alabama rolls against Colorado State

The Alabama Crimson Tide, the S&P+'s top-rated team, beat up on the Colorado State Rams Saturday night.

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. "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". Helping matters were a pair of third-quarter interceptions by Ronnie Harrison and Hootie Jones to end potential scoring drives.

Alabama flirted with the idea of utilizing senior middle linebacker Rashaan Evans (groin) against Colorado State, but opted instead to give the veteran one more game's rest. After owning the first quarter, Alabama managed just 85 second-quarter yards compared to 155 by the Rams.

Stevens found Warren Jackson again late in the fourth for a 3-yard touchdown pass to make it 41-23 with less than two minutes left.

Colorado State had cut the lead to 17-10 with the game marching towards halftime.

As he did last week, Jalen Hurts opened things with his legs. Pappanastos also added a 43-yard field goal 9 seconds into the fourth quarter.

It was no question top-ranked Alabama would get the win over Colorado State but the visitors weren't going to leave Tuscaloosa without a fight.

After missing his first two tries from 40 yards-plus this season, Tide redshirt senior Andy Pappanastos connected on both his attempts from long range Saturday, including a career-long 46-yard field goal to put the Tide up 17-0 with 5:13 left in the first quarter.

Alabama was simply dynamic on its first two drives.

The Tide answered quickly, taking just a minute and 18 seconds off the clock, after senior wide receiver, Robert Foster, took Hurts' short pass through the entire CSU defense for a 52-yard touchdown.

Alabama entered the half with a 24-10 lead.

That was Foster's first touchdown reception since he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Alabama's third game of 2015.

Evans wasn't alone in his absence, with fellow injured linebackers Anfernee Jennings (ankle) and Dylan Moses (unknown) both sitting out Saturday's game. Alabama TE Miller Forristall left the game in the third quarter and did not return.

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