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Alabama Crimson Tide's defense stymies Florida State Seminoles

Alabama Crimson Tide's defense stymies Florida State Seminoles

Not only was Ridley the top offensive performer - on either team - in the game, he was the only Alabama wideout to catch a pass.

As Saban said afterward, "It took everything that we had in all facets of the game".

Florida State junior quarterback Deondre Francois suffered a left leg injury during Florida State's 24-7 loss to No. 1 Alabama on Saturday night. Damien Harris blocked Logan Tyler's punt and Josh Jacobs recovered at the FSU 6.

His absence means Florida State may be relying on a true freshman at quarterback for the rest of the season. The 'Noles never threatened after that and to rub in more salt, Francois went down with 5:44 to play on a sack by safety Ronnie Harrison, 'Bama's third of the game.

Florida State outgained Alabama to start the most highly anticipated season opener in recent memory but the Crimson Tide took a 3-0 lead into the second quarter.

Alabama answered with a 53-yard bomb from Hurts to Ridley later in the second quarter and led 10-7 at halftime when Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked a 37-yard field-goal attempt by FSU's Ricky Aguayo in the closing seconds.

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Francois, a sophomore from Orlando, Florida, had a disappointing performance against Alabama's defense, completing 19 of 33 passes for 210 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Pappanastos kicked a 35-yard field goal on Alabama's second drive for the only scoring in the first quarter after missing from 42 yards on the first possession. Florida State now stares down the barrel of a 0-1 start to the year, with their next game coming at home against Louisiana-Monroe. The Crimson Tide managed only three points after the Harris blocked punt put them inside Florida State's red zone. "We have some improvements to make, but it was a great win for sure".

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

J.J. Cosentino would likely get the start for the Seminoles if Francois is forced to miss time.

Francois was holding his left knee and was helped off the field by the training staff without putting any weight on his leg.

Alabama's offense didn't accomplish much in the final quarter.


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