Bulldogs fall 41-10 to No. 1 Alabama

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The Alabama coaching staff recognized five players of the week following the Crimson Tide's 41-10 victory over Fresno State in last Saturday's home opener at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Bulldogs quarterback Chason Virgil eventually found the end zone, but not until Alabama emptied its bench, connecting with Derrion Grim for a 26-yard touchdown to pull within 34-10 with 6:06 remaining.

In two games, Hurts has combined to complete 24 of 36 pass attempts for 224 yards, only 15 yards more than what he's gained on the ground.

Passing offense - A: Alabama went to the air often looking to spread the ball around, with six different players getting catches in the first half.

Hurts also hit a wide-open Hentges for a 23-yarder in the first quarter. Hurts finished 14 of 18 for 128 yards and a touchdown.

The Crimson Tide entered their matchup against Fresno State as a 43 1/2 point favorite and after the starters put the game out of reach leading 28-3 in the second quarter, it provided an opportunity for Alabama's youth to step onto the field to gain experience. The Tide will play Colorado State on Saturday. "I would've like to see us make some more explosive plays in the passing game, but the passing efficiency was a lot better".

In head coach Jeff Tedford's second game at the helm, the Bulldogs struggled to defend against the run, a problem that has plagued the team for years.

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Alabama CB Anthony Averett vs. Fresno State WR KeeSean Johnson - Much like Ridley at Alabama, Johnson is the Bulldogs' No. 1 target, made evident again after Johnson pulled in a team-high seven receptions for 120 yards (an average of 17 yards per reception) in last Saturday's 66-0 drubbing of Incarnate Word.

Quinten Dormady was 13 of 18 for 194 yards with two touchdown passes to go along with two turnovers - one fumble and an interception. Running back Ronnie Rivers had nine carries for 60 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and Najee Harris have between 15 and 21 carries apiece, nearly evenly splitting the carry load so far.

Alabama's fourth offensive series began with a new face at quarterback as Tua Tagovailoa got his first action with 10:35 left in the second quarter. He capped the drive with a 16-yard touchdown strike to fellow true freshman Henry Ruggs. 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.

Tagovailoa did finally get the offense moving on the Tide's final drive of the game against Fresno's defensive backups.

Losing four linebackers to injury in the opening game (two for the season, two indefinitely) surely impacted Alabama's ability to get to the quarterback.

"Starting the game out fast like that was a good sign for us", Harris said.

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