Fresno State at No. 1 Alabama

The Houston native's previous career high came last season on September 17 against Ole Miss when he compiled 146 rushing yards in a 48-43 victory.

He also threw for 128 yards on 14-of-18 attempts and a 23-yard touchdown pass to Hale Hentges. Freshman Najee Harris was the team's next-leading rusher with 13 carries for 70 yards.

- True freshman running back Rivers made his second straight start to begin the season as he matched his number of carries from the season opener (9).

The Crimson Tide (2-0) outgained the Bulldogs (1-1) in total offense, 497-274, including 305-58 on the ground.

14 - Career-high in tackles by Bulldogs Mike linebacker Jeffrey Allison, seven solo.

Fresno State: Managed to move at times against Alabama's defense, but couldn't reach the end zone until late. Junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley was one of 11 Tide players with a reception in the game as he finished with team-highs in receptions (5) and yards (45).

$1,400,000: The Fresno State athletic department will pocket $1.4 million for this Tuscaloosa trip, according to a copy of the game contract obtained by The Anniston Star.


After a quick three-and-out for the 'Dogs, the Tide offense picked up where it left off, putting together a 10-play, 62-yard drive that took 4:25 off the play clock.

On Saturday, Alabama's first play was an 18-yard pass from Hurts to Cam Sims, and the Tide wound up scoring touchdowns on all four first-half possessions in which Hurts quarterbacked. Things could get ugly in all facets of the game as Alabama looks to return to the College Football Playoff. On the second play from scrimmage, Hurts ran through the Bulldog defense for a 55-yard touchdown for an early 7-0 lead.

Damien Harris, Bo Scarbrough and Najee Harris have between 15 and 21 carries apiece, nearly evenly splitting the carry load so far. Alabama's offense only got stronger from there on its way to a 41-10 victory over the Bulldogs.

In Oxford, Miss., Mississippi quarterback Shea Patterson threw for a single-game school record 489 yards and five touchdowns as the Rebels (2-0) rallied from a second-quarter deficit to defeat Tennessee-Martin (1-1). Tagovailoa went 2 for 3 on the drive with 15 yards, but took a sack on third down to stall the drive. Virgil was 21-for-34 for 180 yards with an interception.

He was shut out for three quarters before finally pulling down a catch for 7 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter - taking a hard hit along the sideline from cornerback Levi Wallace while hanging on to the football. It was the tight end's first career touchdown.

Whether or not he was out to prove a point, Jalen Hurts quieted any remaining doubters with an electric offensive performance Saturday that began in breakneck fashion.

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