Alabama defeats Duke 42-3 in season opener

Coach Saban speaks after Bama's 42-3 win over Duke

ATLANTA, Ga. (WBRC) - The Crimson Tide began its season at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

FIRST QUARTER

Duke kicked off to Bama at 2:30 p.m. to start the game.

Alabama’s game captains were defensive lineman Raekwon Davis, defensive back Shyheim Carter, and quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, along with honorary captain Calvin Ridley.

SECOND QUARTER

Tua passed to Miller Forristall for the first Bama touchdown of the season!

Brian Robinson scored from 1 yard out. Tide up 14-0 over Duke.

Duke scored a field goal shortly before half time.

“I thought we got off to a slow start, especially on offense. They did a couple things that we hadn’t practiced, some of the wishbone-type stuff, which the players did a good job of adjusting to. But this is a great example. You don’t give a team the ball back with three minutes to go when you’ve got 2nd and 1 and don’t make a first down. We’ve had a couple of explosive plays that we left out on the field because we got penalties. We’ve just got to clean some things up and keep executing,” Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said at the end of the first half.

THIRD QUARTER

Tua found a wide open Major Tennison for another Tide touchdown.

The Tide extended their lead! Tua passed to DeVonta Smith for the eight-yard touchdown. Alabama up 28-3 over Duke.

Another Bama touchdown with a pass from Tua to Jeudy for 21 yards.

FOURTH QUARTER

Jerome Ford ran for 37 yards for a touchdown. Bama leads Duke 42-3.

FINAL

Alabama wins! The Tide defeated Duke 42-3.

Alabama returns to action next Saturday, Sept. 7, with its home opener against New Mexico State at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff between the Crimson Tide and Aggies is set for 3 p.m.

Hear what quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said after the Tide’s win:

Tua Tagovailoa speaks after Bama's win over Duke

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