Alabama 35 – Virginia Tech 10. Video Highlights
1. Three touchdown night for Christion Jones – one touchdown catch, one punt and one kickoff return.
2. While special teams sparkled, just 96 rushing yards for the Alabama offense.
3. Pat Forde on the Crimson Tide offensive line: “It was a steamrolling machine last year, but after major losses to the NFL it was closer to a rickety fence Saturday night. ”
4. Concern over the offense? “…Alabama hasn’t looked this ugly with the ball in its hands since that overtime loss to LSU in 2011?”
5. Jeremy Fowler: ”There’s little excuse for the Tide recording 97 yards of total offense at halftime.”
Missouri 58 – Murray State 14. Video Highlights
6. Coach Gary Pinkel presents game ball to running back Henry Josey. In first game since 2011, Josey rushes for 113 yards and a touchdown.
7. First time in his head coaching career that Pinkel has handed a game ball to a player.
8. At 318 passing yards and another 44 on the ground, quarterback James Franklin finishes seven yards short of his career high.