The USC Trojans looked sharp in the early goings of their showdown with the Alabama Crimson Tide. In fact, they even held the lead! Unfortunately for them, that would be one of the bright spots that the Trojans would have on Saturday night in Arlington. Alabama levied the boom on USC and walked out with a 52-6 victory as they chalked another opening game victory in the books.
Nick Saban now moves to 10-0 in season openers while at Alabama.
Lots was made about who would be the starter for the Tide, and at first, Blake Barnett took snaps under center. He was then subsequently replaced by Jalen Hurts who flashed a cannon of an arm and tossed two touchdown passes and accounted for 118 yards in the air. Barnett would later get reps and accumulated 100 of his own passing yards along with a touchdown late in the game.
Here’s what we learned from this game:
1. Damien Harris could not be stopped: The Tide are again stacked at running back and Damien Harris had the most impressive performance of anyone. Harris averaged 15.3 yards per carry over nine total rushes and while he didn’t get in the end zone he had a 73-yard scamper to his credit. Harris finished with 138 yards on the ground.
2. The Alabama defense is, yet again, stellar: USC rushers were held to just 52 yards rushing and 1.9 yards per carry on Saturday night as the Tide defense stood up and played outstandingly. USC was anemic on third downs as well as the Tide only omitted three conversions on the night and the Trojans also went 0-for-2 on fourth down conversions. In total, the Alabama defense only allowed 176 total yards despite almost even marks in time of possession.
3. Jalen Hurts may have usurped the starting QB job: Hurts was terrific in all sorts of situations. Whether it be using his legs or showing off a serious amount of arm talent, the freshman quarterback looked comfortable against USC on Saturday night. Perhaps Nick Saban and Co. will be covert with who will start next week against Western Kentucky, but Hurts did more than enough to give him consideration.