Colorado State Plays Tough In Tuscaloosa
Coming into the game with relaxed expectations, the Rams showed they could be a force in the Mountain West this year.
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Colorado State Falls To Alabama 41-23
Everyone knew coming into this game that the Colorado State Rams weren’t going to beat the Alabama Crimson Tide. The question was whether this game was going to be a blowout or not. At times it looked like the game was heading in that direction, but the Rams were able to have a good game.
The Rams defense took about 10 minutes of game time to get into it. In those 10 minutes Alabama scored 17 points. Jalen Hurts ran for the first touchdown and then threw a 78 yard pass to Calvin Ridley. The Rams then held the Crimson Tide to a field goal.
Colorado State then scored the next 10 points. First a 27-yard field goal from Wyatt Bryan after the Rams drive stalled inside Alabama’s 10-yard line. Then on the Rams next possession the Rams went 85 yards in 11 plays and 6:17 and scored a touchdown on a four-yard fade to Warren Jackson.
In the second half the Rams were able to score two touchdowns against Alabama, including the first rushing touchdown allowed by the Crimson Tide this season. The first touchdown came on a fourth and goal from Alabama’s five-yard line, when Nick Stevens ran a QB draw untouched into the end zone. The second touchdown came on another fade to Warren Jackson.
The Rams showed that they have the grit to compete with anybody. As a team they had almost 400 yards of offense and held Alabama under 500 yards of offense. The Rams had 144 yards rushing and 247 yards passing.
Nick Stevens eventually calmed down in this game and spread the ball around. Eight Rams receivers finished with at least two catches. Michael Gallup finished with five catches for 81 yards.
The Rams get a bye week next week to rest up before they head to Hawaii.