Alabama names Players of the Week following big win over Fresno State

Da'Ron Payne

The Fresno State Bulldogs fell 41-10 to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday afternoon in front of 101,127 fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Jalen Hurts racked up 128 yards and a touchdown on 14 of 18 passing while also leading 'Bama's ground attack, rushing for 154 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.

Bo Scarbrough, running back, junior, 6-foot-2, 232 pounds: exclusively judging on statistics, Scarbrough had a forgettable week one performance, rushing for only 40 yards on 15 carries - the most carries of any Crimson Tide running back. It was Hentges' first touchdown in his three years at being Alabama.

Hurts was almost ideal in the first half, completing 12 of 13 pass attempts for 112 yards - including a 23-yard touchdown throw to Hentges to cap the second offensive series.

Fresno State junior receiver Jamire Jordan pushed his consecutive games streak with at least one catch to 26, but had to wait until the fourth quarter to get a reception.

"I thought we did a good job of executing the game plan, came out and played hard and did a way better job of executing", Hurts said.

Fresno State began the next drive on their own 8-yard line and moved the ball out to their 44.

Saban referred to first-year Fresno State coach Jeff Tedford (formerly California's head man) as "a really good offensive coach" but the Bulldogs will be hard-pressed to compete with the Crimson Tide.

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Coming off one of his worst games at Alabama, Jalen Hurts made one thing abundantly clear this week - there needs to be improvement on offense.

Quinten Dormady was 13 of 18 for 194 yards with two touchdown passes to go along with two turnovers - one fumble and an interception. Held Alabama to two short field goals in the second half, including once after the Tide started inside the 5 after an interception.

Coaching - B+: Nick Saban said several weeks ago he wanted to get several key freshmen into games early this season, and he certainly got his wish during a second-quarter series.

In its final three games last season - against Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship contest, Washington in the Peach Bowl national semifinal and Clemson in the title game - Alabama opened by going three-and-out all three times. I sort of like this team, but I also think that some of the circumstances that the season has created so far has created some opportunities for some guys. He totaled 32 yards on six carries.

Alabama lost two starting linebackers for the season in Christian Miller (biceps) and Terrell Lewis (elbow).

"We have a lot of work to do at that position", Saban said, adding that the game experience will help in that regard.

0-for-7 - Fresno State is winless in seven all-time games against current SEC members, including 0-3 against Ole Miss.

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