"We've got to get back to the drawing board because that was just pathetic". "That was pathetic. We were on the field entirely too long".
Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough ran 12 times for 66 yards and a score in a 41-23 victory over Colorado State on Saturday. The Rams also added 144 rushing yards, the most the Tide has allowed since Clemson rolled up 145 in the 2015 national championship game.
Saban liked Hurts' first two games, but sought improvement from the quarterback and the teammates around him. "We can not turn the ball over against a good football team and expect to win".
The Tide sought to replace Anderson and Williams with a wave of new outside linebackers but have experienced a wave of injuries that have taken out Christian Miller and Terrell Lewis for the year and sidelined Anfernee Jennings. We've got five linebackers who aren't playing, and I don't care who you are or what team you are, that creates some issues and problems. "We forgot who we were playing, and were on our heels and that's something we've got to correct. This is where the season's made right here, for us to make a run". "If we would have gotten out to a better start, it might have been a different story".
Saban said the Tide will get back to work with the players they have, make corrections and build on the positives.
The first-quarter stats were utterly one-sided, with Alabama outgaining Colorado State 216-11.
It changed in the second quarter when Colorado State made five first downs and gained 103 of its 155 first-half yards.
Again on each of these plays, the Rams are releasing linemen downfield onto the linebackers off the defensive line very quickly and getting away with it. Linebacker Mack Wilson, No. 30, is repeatedly caught trying to read flow flat footed. The Rams flipped the script in the second quarter by consuming 11 minutes and 43 seconds of game clock and pulling within 17-10 before the Tide struck for a 52-yard touchdown pass from Jalen Hurts to Robert Foster with a minute left in the half to go up 24-10.
"I think it was huge, because they had gotten the momentum in the game", Tide coach Nick Saban said. Running back Bo Scarbrough finished the 14-play, 88-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to make it 31-10.
After Alabama converted on a 46-yard field goal attempt (17-0), CSU was finally able to move the chains for the first time on their third offensive series of the game.
After Alabama missed a 52-yard field goal to open the second quarter, Colorado State drove down the field in 12 plays, setting up a 27-yard field goal that trimmed the Tide lead to 17-3 with 10:34 left in the half.
"We came here to win and didn't get it done". "It all comes down to execution, and we stopped executing on third downs".
The defense did come up with key interceptions from Ronnie Harrison and Jones. Both interceptions occurred deep in Alabama territory.
Alabama has once again been the cream of the crop of the SEC this season, maintaining its No. 1 ranking after defeating Florida State, Fresno State, and Colorado State in impressive fashion. Saban said the initial assessment of a season-ending ACL injury was proven correct. "We could never get off the field".