BIRMINGHAM, AL. (WIAT)-First home game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Crimson Tide beats Colorado State 31-6 for an overall record of 3-0. Above is Head Coach Nick Saban’s full press conference after the win. Below is the full press release from the University of Alabama.
• Alabama’s captains for today’s game against Colorado State were AJ McCarron, C.J. Mosley and Jalston Fowler. The Crimson Tide won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff.
• With the win, Alabama is 1-0 against Colorado State.
• Alabama led Colorado State, 17-0, at halftime tonight. With the 31-6 victory, the Crimson Tide is 64-3 when leading at the half under head coach Nick Saban.
• With the win, Alabama improved to 27-3 against nonconference opponents under head coach Nick Saban. The Tide has won 21 in a row versus non-SEC competition and has outscored those opponents 1,176-339.
• With sophomore running back Kenyan Drake’s 3-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, Alabama has scored in 159 consecutive games – the longest streak in program history.
• Sophomore linebacker Dillon Lee’s 15-yard blocked punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter marked the 33rd non-offensive touchdown of the Nick Saban era. Since Saban took over in 2007, the Crimson Tide has garnered 14 interception returns, eight punt returns, five kickoff returns, three fumble returns and three blocked punt returns for a touchdown.
• Today’s attendance was a sellout of 101,821. That marks the 59th sellout crowd in the last 60 games at Bryant-Denny Stadium dating back to the Auburn game on Nov. 20, 2004.
• Junior wide receiver Christion Jones set career bests for catches and receiving yards tonight. He hauled in a career-high 9 catches for 90 yards against Colorado State. His previous bests prior to tonight were 4 catches (40 yards) at LSU on Nov. 3, 2012, and 74 yards (on 3 catches) at Arkansas on Sept. 15, 2012.
• Junior wide receiver DeAndrew White caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from AJ McCarron in the fourth quarter tonight, the sixth touchdown reception of his Alabama career. White finished the game with 65 yards receiving, the second-highest yardage total of his Alabama career ranking behind his 82-yard outing last week at Texas A&M.
• Alabama rushed for 66 yards on 21 carries tonight, the fewest rushing yards by the Tide since Alabama rushed for 36 yards on 29 carries at South Carolina on Oct. 9, 2010.
• Redshirt freshman wide receiver Chris Black caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Blake Sims late in the game, the first reception of Black’s Alabama career and his first collegiate touchdown catch.
• C.J. Mosley has tallied seven or more total tackles in his last five games. He led the way for the Tide defense against Colorado State 9 tackles.
• Colorado State was limited to 279 yards of total offense tonight. In head coach Nick Saban’s 84-game tenure at Alabama, the Tide has limited opponents to under 300 yards of total offense 55 times (64.3 percent).
• Colorado State was held to 6 points tonight. Under head coach Nick Saban, the Tide has held opponents to 10 points or fewer 42 times since the start of the 2007 season (50 percent in 84 games overall). It is already the second time this season Alabama has done so, also limiting Virginia Tech to 10 points in the season opener on Aug. 31 in Atlanta.
Special Teams Notes
• Senior punter Cody Mandell launched his seventh 50-plus yard punt of the season in the first quarter. Thus far, six of his attempts have been over the 50-yard mark in 2013. For his career, Mandell has kicked 147 punts for 6,157 yards and an average of 41.9 yards per punt.
• Sophomore linebacker Dillon Lee recorded the first touchdown of his Alabama career in the second quarter after returning a blocked punt 15 yards. It was the third blocked punt return for a touchdown since head coach Nick Saban arrived in 2007. It was also the first since Brandon Gibson took one 22 yards against Georgia State on Nov. 18, 2010.
• Alabama continues its stay in Tuscaloosa, hosting Ole Miss in the Tide’s SEC opener. The game will air on ESPN with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m. CT.