Alabama-Colorado State: Recap score, stats, analysis for Week 3 game (09/16/2017)

No. 1-ranked Alabama football (3-0) defeated Colorado State (2-2) 41-23 at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 16.

The Week 3 clash was the Crimson Tide’s final nonconference game before opening SEC play on Sept. 23 at Vanderbilt.

Here’s a recap of the 41-23 Alabama victory:

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  • Early in the fourth quarter, Alabama kicker Andy Pappasnastos added a 43-yard field goal to give Alabama a 41-10 lead.
  • Colorado State quarterback Nick Steven capped another long drive with a five-yard touchdown run to make it 41-17 with 9:53 left in the contest.
  • Colorado State added another touchdown on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Nick Stevens to Warren Jackson. The Rams attempted a two-point conversion, but failed.


  • On its first possession of the second half, Alabama pounded Colorado State with its running game a few quick passes. Running back Bo Scarbrough finished the 14-play, 88-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown run to make it 31-10. The drive was set up by an interception from Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison.
  • Alabama’s defense would strike again on Colorado State’s next possession. Colorado State quarterback Nick Stevens sailed a pass that landed in the hands of Alabama safety Hootie Jones. Jones returned it deep into Colorado State terriorty. That led to a five-yard touchdown run from Alabama running back Damien Harris to make it 38-10 midway through the third quarter.


  • As Alabama’s offense went cold, Colorado State began finding success in the second quarter. Colorado State got on the board early in the second quarter after kicker Wyatt Bryan connected on a 27-yard field goal to make it 17-3.
  • Late in the second quarter, Colorado State cut it to seven after quarterback Nick Stevens hit receiver Warren Jackson in the corner of the endzone for a four-yard touchdown to make it 17-10 with two minutes left in the half.
  • The score and long drive from Colorado State seemed to wake Alabama’s offense up. Hurts found receiver Robert Foster on a quick pass, and Foster turned it into a 52-yard touchdown. Alabama entered the half with a 24-10 lead over Colorado State.


  • As he did last week, Hurts opened things with his legs. Hurts capped a six-play, 75-yard drive with a 27-yard rushing touchdown to make it 7-0 early in the first quarter.
  • After Alabama’s defense forced a quick three-and-out, Hurts hit Ridley on a slant, and Ridley did the rest, outrunning everyone for a 78-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 with 8:56 left in the first quarter.
  • Alabama’s third drive stalled, but kicker Andy Pappanastos drilled a 46-yard field goal to make it 17-0.

Alabama football-Colorado State football game time, details

  • Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Date: Saturday
  • Location: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • Line: Alabama by 28

What channel is Alabama-Colorado State football on?

ESPN2 is televising the game.

How can I watch Alabama-Colorado State football online?

You can stream the game at WatchESPN.

How can I listen to Alabama-Colorado State football on the radio?

You can listen to the Alabama broadcast on the Crimson Tide Sports Network with Eli Gold, Phil Savage and Chris Stewart on the call.

Alabama-Colorado State football preview

  • Nonconference opponents: Saban owns a 47-6 record against nonconference opponents, including a 30-1 mark at home, during his time at Alabama. Alabama is on a 28-game win streak against nonconference opponents since losing to Louisiana-Monroe in 2007.
  • Injury updates: Saban said running back Josh Jacobs (hamstring) and linebackers Rashaan Evans (groin) and Anfernee Jennings (ankle) will be evaluated later in the week to determine if they can play. Jacobs has missed both games this season. Evans and Jennings were absent from the Fresno State game.