Jalen Hurts leads No. 1 Alabama past Fresno State, 41-10

Jalen Hurts leads No. 1 Alabama past Fresno State, 41-10

Jalen Hurts leads No. 1 Alabama past Fresno State, 41-10

Passing quarterbacks like Sam Darnold (26 attempts for 316 yards against Stanford Saturday), Josh Rosen (59 attempts for 491 yards week one against Texas A&M), Baker Mayfield (32 attempts against Ohio State) and Lamar Jackson (39 attempts for 393 yards at North Carolina) are filling the sky, posting statistics Hurts can't dream of.

With the focus on spreading the ball around, 11 different receivers recorded receptions Saturday as the Tide offense racked up 497 yards, with 305 rushing and an additional 192 through the air. Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton led the way with eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

Top-ranked Alabama won a season-opening showdown and now looks to get sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts untracked when it hosts Fresno State on Saturday.

Alabama's offense needed to bounce back in its home opener against Fresno State, and it didn't take them long to do just that.

John Kelly ran for 80 yards and caught five passes for 60 yards to lead the Volunteers in rushing and receiving. Facing a third-and-10, Hurts accelerated up the middle for a 17-yard gain to keep the Tide drive alive.

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The Bulldogs were able to get things going on offense on their second drive. They also held Alabama to two short field goals in the second half, including once after the Crimson Tide started inside the 5-yard line after an interception. The 'Dogs covered 70 yards on nine plays on that drive and rolled 4:21 off the clock. Jalen Hurts completed 10 of 18 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown.

Alabama (2-0) polished off the 44-point underdog Bulldogs (1-1) with a workmanlike performance on the heels of a hard-hitting opening victory over No. 10 Florida State in Atlanta. Defensively, Fresno State football yields 0 points and 125.0 total yards, 155.0 in passing and -30.0 in rushing per game.

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Top tailbacks Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris had only six carries apiece.

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. The 'Dogs found the endzone with 6:06 left the fourth quarter after a 63-yard kickoff return by Scott gave the 'Dogs their best starting field position of the game. Alabama scored touchdowns on its first four series he was at quarterback. 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. Whatever you or I think of Hurts as a passer is only relevant to what he's asked to do inside the Tide's offense to give it the best chance of winning.

"I kind of already knew what type of team we were".

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