Colorado State vs. Alabama: Live Score and Highlights
Colorado State 6, Alabama 31 – Final
Top-ranked Alabama survived a sluggish overall effort in its 31-6 win over Colorado State.
Up 17-6 early in the fourth quarter, and one play after a replay awarded the Tide a fumble deep in Colorado State territory, AJ McCarron hit DeAndrew White for a 30-yard touchdown pass to seal the victory.
The Tide’s offense struggled, but the special teams unit blocked a punt that was returned for a score, and the defense held the Rams out of the end zone when they threatened to score twice in the third quarter.
Alabama improves to 3-0 and will face No. 23 Ole Miss next weekend. Colorado State drops to 1-3 and will host UTEP.
Here's a link to my postgame piece on the Tide's victory over the Rams. Once again, thanks for following along with the blog.
Some final thoughts on this game:
Alabama's two late touchdowns make this game look like less of a fight than it actually was. In reality, this was a sloppy effort for a Tide club that played this game like a sandwich game between two tough division games.
Colorado State played extremely hard, and Jim McElwain looks like he is putting together a solid program in Fort Collins. In particular, his defense made life tough for AJ McCarron and the Tide's offense.
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Here are the final stats, courtesy of NCAA.com.
Alabama finishes off the Rams, and they improve to 3-0 with a 31-6 win.
Blake Sims comes in for McCarron and promptly hits Chris Black for a 14-yard touchdown strike. The Tide adds a few style points and takes a 31-6 lead with just over a minute remaining.
Cyrus Kouandjio continues to struggle early in 2013, as Rams linebacker Shaquil Barrett beats him clean to get to McCarron. The offensive line will once again draw some criticism in the aftermath of this effort. On another note, Kenyan Drake takes a screen pass and finally helps Alabama convert on a third down. Tide are knocking on the door again in the Rams red zone.
Alabama tried to go deep once again, but Blake knocked the ball away and drew a curious pass interference call. I honestly didn't see anything that warranted a flag there.
Grayson uncorks his prettiest throw of the night on a post-corner route to Hansley. But Alabama's defense puts the clamps on the Rams' drive in the next three plays. That punt effectively ends the Rams' chances.
Rams defensive tackle Calvin Tonga has been a force all night long. He's been practically unblockable. After Tonga gets the Tide off their down and distance schedule, Alabama continues its dreadful showing on third down and goes three-and-out.
McCarron misses his first deep ball in what seems like an eternity, although he was fortunate enough to elude a sack before he launched the pass.
It looks like the life has left the Rams after that back-breaking sequence. Offense goes three-and-out and Alabama has a chance to close this one out.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier took a page out of McElwain's book by taking a deep shot right after a turnover, and McCarron delivered his best pass of the night. How big was that review?
A night of offensive frustration is almost melted away with one play. McCarron hits a beautiful play-action pass to DeAndrew White for a 30-yard touchdown strike, and Tide fans can begin to exhale. Alabama up 24-6.
The ruling on the field is reversed, and Alabama is awarded the ball on the fumble. Huge play to stifle the momentum the Rams had been gaining.
Whoa. Garrett Grayson got lit up on a quarterback scramble. The ball popped out at the end of the play, but the officials ruled Grayson down. The officials are reviewing it. Looks tough to overturn, but that ball may have been loose before his knee touched down. It would be an understatement to say that this is a huge call here.
Alabama is denied on third down again, and the groans are cascading throughout Bryant-Denny Stadium. McCarron has been at his best against the blitz, but this game is starting to resemble the Week 1 offensive clunker against Virginia Tech.
Colorado State has a chance to make No. 1 start to sweat.
Colorado State pretty much dominated the third quarter by any statistical measure you can think of. The Rams outgained the Tide 127-47 in the last 15 minutes.
Alabama's defense answered the bell by holding the Rams to two field goals, but there are a lot of shocked observers at the score entering the final stanza.
Give Jim McElwain a ton of credit for having his kids ready to play.
Here are the stats through the third quarter, courtesy of NCAA.com.
Landon Collins has been a beast in the box, and he sniffed out Grayson's scramble on 3rd-and-long. Jared Roberts connects on his second field goal of the quarter, this one from 31 yards out. Alabama's lead is cut to 17-6.
Colorado State is marching and they are in scoring territory near the Alabama 30-yard line. Jim McElwain's club is starting to gain steam.
It may be a bit too early for this, but is the Tessitore Effect starting to come into play?
Alabama comes up short on third down again, and the natives inside Bryant-Denny Stadium are beginning to grumble. The Tide are now empty on their six third down conversion attempts.
While Colorado State was able to turn the McCarron interception into points, it feels like it missed a golden opportunity to turn the heat up on the No. 1 team in the country.
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