No. 1 Alabama smothers No. 3 Florida State in opener, 24-7

ATLANTA (AP) — Sparkling confetti rained on Alabama during a jubilee in a center of Atlanta’s glitzy new stadium.


The top-ranked Crimson Tide hopes to lapse in Jan for an even bigger party.

Dominating on invulnerability and holding advantage of an awful special teams display by No. 3 Florida State, a Crimson Tide got started on what has turn a annual query for a inhabitant pretension with a 24-7 beatdown of a Seminoles on Saturday night during $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

“It’s good to get a win, though we have a lot of work to do,” Alabama manager Nick Saban said, before adding ominously for a rest of a nation:

“We’ll get better.”

The new stadium, filled to a rafters with 76,330 fans separate roughly uniformly between a schools, hosted one of a many expected opening games in college football story .

At a finish of a season, it will be a site of a inhabitant championship game.

Don’t gamble opposite Alabama creation a lapse appearance.

“It’s one game. We have a prolonged season,” Saban said. “The concentration that we have right now is what’s ahead, not what’s behind.”

Damien Harris ran for a touchdown and blocked a punt , while Jalen Hurts chipped in with a scoring pass in a diversion that fundamentally compulsory a sophomore quarterback to make no vital mistakes.

This one was all about that energetic Bama D.

And Florida State’s not-so-special teams.

“We work 30 to 35 mins a day on special teams,” manager Jimbo Fisher moaned. “We had breakdowns. Those were vicious plays in a game.”

Coming off a last-second detriment in final season’s pretension diversion , Alabama picked off dual passes by Deondre Francois in a second half, snuffing out any hopes of a Florida State comeback. Throw in a blocked punt, a blocked margin idea and a fail liberation on a kickoff return, and there was unequivocally no trail to feat for a Seminoles in a initial opener between dual teams in a tip 3 of The Associated Press preseason rankings.

The Tide led 10-7 during halftime, throwing a outrageous mangle in a shutting seconds when a officials didn’t call a pass division penalty.

Tony Brown never looked for a ball, using into Nyqwan Murray as he attempted to go for a scoring locate that would have given a Seminoles a lead. When Florida State was forced to settle for a 37-yard margin idea attempt, Minkah Fitzpatrick leaped adult to make a retard on a final play of a half, preserving a lead and call a turn of boos from a FSU true as a officials trotted off a field.

Appearing deflated, a Seminoles never got anything going over a final dual quarters. Levi Wallace and Mack Wilson both had interceptions, and Francois’ night finished with him being helped off a margin — putting no weight on his left knee — after being sacked from behind by blitzing reserve Ronnie Harrison.

Francois grabbed during his knee even as he was going down.

It was a potentially abrasive blow on a night that already went bad adequate for a Seminoles.

“I hugged him,” Fisher said. “We’ll get a diagnosis and figure out what we’ve got to do from here.”

With a Tide still sticking to that three-point lead, a diversion was radically motionless by a seven-play method toward a finish of a third quarter.

Logan Tyler’s punt was smothered by Harris, racing in from a left side, and Dylan Moses fell on it during a Florida State 6. The Seminoles done an considerable stand, forcing Alabama to settle for Andy Pappanastos’ 25-yard margin goal.

It was all for zilch when, on a indirect kickoff, Keith Gavin muffed a turn in a finish zone, picked it up, ran into one of his possess men, and afterwards fumbled on a strike by Moses. Keith Holcombe recovered during a 11, and Harris ran adult a center for a touchdown on a unequivocally subsequent play, bursting dual would-be tacklers during a 5.

Florida State managed usually 65 yards in a second half and finished with 250 in a game. Alabama had only 269 yards though it didn’t unequivocally matter with all a chances combined by a invulnerability and special teams.

“This diversion tells us where we are,” Saban said, “and where we need to go.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Alabama: The Tide looked unequivocally many like a group estimable of a No. 1 ranking. While a no-call on a intensity pass division chastisement was a outrageous break, there was no doubt about a improved group in this game. The offense still needs a bit of work, generally a flitting game. Saban grumbled that his group “didn’t make a lot of bomb plays.”

Florida State: The Seminoles were looking to recover a bit of their strut after back-to-back 10-3 seasons, that would be a means for jubilee during many schools though not in Tallahassee. Florida State suspicion it had a patrol to contend again for a inhabitant title, though a offense was no compare for a Crimson Tide. Throw in Francois’ injury, and a opinion is unexpected a whole lot bleaker.

ROOF CLOSED

Atlanta built a retractable roof track for nights such as this.

Clear skies. Temperatures in a low 70s.

Unfortunately, a camera-lens-like structure is still a work in progress. While able of opening and closing, a routine takes too prolonged to take any chances during a game. So, for a foreseeable future, it will sojourn closed.

KICKING WOES

Taking over as Alabama’s No. 1 kicker, Pappanastos had a severe night.

The send from Ole Miss kicked 3 margin goals, also joining from 35 and 33 yards, though he missed his dual longest attempts of 42 and 41 yards.

UP NEXT

Alabama: Hosts Fresno State subsequent Saturday in initial diversion of a deteriorate during Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Florida State: Returns home to face Louisiana-Monroe subsequent weekend.

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