This is no Mountain West school.
Now it's on to the SEC.
Here are three thoughts on the game played at Bryant-Denny stadium.
In the fourth quarter, the Tide added to its lead when Pappanastos netted his second field goal of the night, this time from 43 yards out, capping an eight play 65-yard drive with 14:51 left in the game.
CSU coach Mike Bobo cautioned all week his Rams could ill afford to allow big plays to the Tide's offense, and his offense had to be stingy with the ball.
Alabama outgained Colorado State 216-11 in total yardage during the first quarter. They still regrouped that season to win Saban's fourth national championship in Tuscaloosa and his fifth overall.
"Jalen played an outstanding game tonight, both running and passing", Saban said. Hurts scrambled for 27 yards for Bama's first touchdown, then he connected with Calvin Ridley on a slant that the receiver turned into a 78-yard scoring play - which came after a CSU punt had pinned them on the 5 - and more than half of the first quarter still remained. "The stage, it might have taken a few guys to get going", center Jake Bennett said. "We were getting too lackadaisical". The Rams would have received the ball to start the second half within one possession before Foster put his foot in the ground and found running room.
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After the Rams went three-and-out again, the Tide scored on its third-straight offensive drive of the first quarter.
Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens is an NFL-quality passer and finished 21-of-38 for 6.5 yards per attempt with two touchdowns and two interceptions. They make you earn everything, especially offensively. "Their quarterback did a good job for them".
Alabama's defense would strike again on Colorado State's next possession. His long carry of the game was a 17-yarder, and he had a nine-yard touchdown in the middle of the third to give Alabama a 31-10 lead. "We made a lot of mental errors".
"That should be the focus that we have so that we can continue to improve".
Later in the quarter, freshman wide receiver Warren Jackson silenced over 100 thousand fans when he went up and over an Alabama defensive back to bring in a four-yard touchdown reception from senior quarterback Nick Stevens.
Including his touchdown Saturday, Foster would finish with just that one catch in the game. Alabama TE Miller Forristall left the game in the third quarter and did not return.
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