SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
Photos by Matthew Postins
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Alabama Crimson Tide are going to be just fine without Jake Coker and Derrick Henry.
Nick Saban’s football factory simply turned to the next generation of Alabama stars while relying on a few familiar names to lead the Crimson Tide past the USC Trojans 52-6 Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
True freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts produced four touchdowns (two passing, two rushing) in his role as Coker’s replacement. Running back Damien Harris rushed for 138 yards on just 9 carries in his first career start for the Tide, and senior wide receiver ArDarius Stewart also had his best game in a Crimson uniform with four catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
The loss was USC’s worst ever in a season opener, and it was Alabama’s second-biggest margin of victory over a Top 20 team in program history. It all added up to the inescapable conclusion that the Crimson Tide still look as good as the team that won the College Football Playoff National Championship back in mid-January.
You almost have to feel sorry for Western Kentucky which will pay a visit to Tuscaloosa this coming Saturday in the Tide’s home opener. USC will also host its first game against Utah State, and Trojans head coach Clay Helton will hope his team regains some measure of confidence against the visiting Aggies.
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