Alabama offense playing to Jalen Hurts' strengths - and that's smart


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. Tight end Hale Hentges caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Hurts. Passing quarterbacks like Sam Darnold (26 attempts for 316 yards against Stanford Saturday), Josh Rosen (59 attempts for 491 yards week one against Texas A&M;), Baker Mayfield (32 attempts against Ohio State) and Lamar Jackson (39 attempts for 393 yards at North Carolina) are filling the sky, posting statistics Hurts can't dream of. Bulldogs freshman Ronnie Rivers led the way with just 29 rushing yards Saturday. The Crimson Tide built a 28-3 lead in the opening 30 minutes and retained their lead despite a strong second half effort by the 'Dogs.

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

Going into Week Two of the season, I was curious to see how Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would handle Jalen Hurts and the Tide's passing game.

0-for-7 - Fresno State is winless in seven all-time games against current SEC members, including 0-3 against Ole Miss. Facing a third-and-10, Hurts accelerated up the middle for a 17-yard gain to keep the Tide drive alive.

Will a lead running back emerge?

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Hurts was the bulk of Alabama's production in the first half, finishing the second quarter 12 for 13 for 112 yards and a touchdown, while also adding 119 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Alabama's fourth offensive series began with a new face at quarterback as five-star freshman Tua Tagovailoa got his first action of the season with 10:35 left in the second quarter.

Of note: After the Bulldogs lost 41-10 at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, the Huskies routed FCS school Montana 63-7 in their home opener. 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. Scott added 94 yards on kickoff returns and 10 yards rushing to give him 171 all-purpose yards to match his career-best. Though he completed 78 percent of his passes against Fresno State, Alabama QB Jalen Hurts has yet to prove he can throw consistently with accuracy on passes 20 yards or longer. A week after only connecting with Calvin Ridley and running backs through the air, he completed throws to four different receivers plus two tight ends.

RB Bo Scarbrough - Coming off a less-than-encouraging showing against a stout Florida State defense, during which he averaged just 2.7 yards per run (40 rushing yards on 15 carries), Scarbrough will be more than motivated.

Alabama has won 66 consecutive games against unranked opponents since losing the 2007 Iron Bowl to an Auburn team that finished that season ranked 15th.

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