Recapping the top moments from college football’s Week 1 action, which include Maryland’s upset of Texas and how Ohio State fared without coach Urban Meyer.
Sophomore Tua Tagovailoa got the start at quarterback for Alabama in the season opener against Louisville, and he made the most of the opportunity he was given.
Tagovailoa shined in the Crimson Tide’s 51-14 destruction of the Louisville Cardinals, completing 12 of 16 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns and adding 26 yards and another TD on the ground.
The move to Tagovailoa comes after months of speculation about who will be under center for the Crimson Tide following Tagovailoa’s halftime insertion into the national title game in January, where he led the Crimson Tide to victory.
Jalen Hurts, a now-junior who Tagovailoa replaced in the title game comeback against Georgia, was the backup.
Things started great for Tagovailoa as he marched the Crimson Tide down the field in seven plays, completing four passes and rushing for 8 yards. The drive was capped by an incredible touchdown pass where he spun out of pressure and fired the ball while being hit hard.
He was slow to get up, but jogged off the field under his own power. He was back on the field for the next series.
Hurts saw his first action of the game on Alabama’s fifth series. That came in the second quarter with the score 21-0 Tide. Tagovailoa had thrown for 170 yards and rushed for 26 with an additional rushing score when Hurts finally took the field.
Tagovailoa returned for the Tide for the final series of the first half, and connected with Jerry Jeudy for a 25-yard touchdown with 9 seconds remaining that made the score 28-0 at the break.
Hurts finished 5-of-9 passing for 70 yards.
Alabama coach Nick Saban remained, well, Nick Saban when asked in an on-field interview about what he learned by the performance of his QBs:
“Well I still like both guys. I think both guys are good players, I think both guys can help our team,” Saban said. “So why are you continually trying to get me to say something that doesn’t respect one of them. I’m not going to. So quit asking.”