FSU quarterback suffers season-ending injury

David J. Phillip  AP

David J. Phillip AP

Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley makes a catch.

For most of three quarters on Saturday night, No. 1 Alabama couldn't pull away from No. 3 Florida State in their season opener at the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game.

Harris powered through the middle into the end zone on the next play, and a two-point-conversion pass from Jalen Hurts to Calvin Ridley gave the Crimson Tide a 21-7 with 1:41 remaining in the third.

Francois later emerged from a medical tent on the sideline wearing a heavy brace on his left leg and using crutches.

"As the game went on, I feel like we wore them down and were able to execute the way we wanted to". Francois was injured during Saturday's season opening loss to top-ranked Alabama.

The two biggest questions concerning Alabama entering this season were the development of Hurts as a passer and how effective the Tide could be from a pass-rushing standpoint after losing outside linebackers Ryan Anderson and Tim Williams to the NFL.

The Alabama special teams forced a fumble on a kickoff as well as blocking a field goal and a punt, while converting on three field goal attempts in the decisive victory.

In their first game without former offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, now Florida Atlantic's head coach, the Tide had fewer than 300 yards of total offense and passed for only 96.

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"This was obviously a great team win for us", Saban said.

The Crimson Tide's defense took over from there, intercepting Francois' passes on each of the next two possessions to help them pull away. "We have a tremendous amount of respect for Florida State's program". Get the app and get the game. Any chance at a miracle comeback by Florida State was erased when Francois appeared to suffer a serious injury to his right leg after a hard (but clean) hit from Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison in the fourth quarter.

If Fitzpatrick was Alabama's flashiest player Saturday night, the rugged Payne was its most consistent, shucking would-be blockers with an explosive initial punch and leaving Florida State's backs little room to run.

Even after the loss, the Seminoles can certainly climb back into the CFP race, depending on Francois' health.

Last season, he was fantastic as a freshman, finishing with 3,350 passing yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Ricky Aguayo attempted a 37-yard field goal on the final play of the half for the Seminoles, but it was blocked by Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Ridley once again comes up big Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Calvin Ridley (3) reacts with offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman (75) after catching a pass for a successful two-point conversion against the Florida State Seminoles in the third quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Including a 53-yard touchdown in which he shook FSU true freshman cornerback Stanford Samuels III with a classic stutter step, before racing past him to haul in a flawless strike from Hurts.