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- 440 ALA
- MSU 2
- 0 ALA
- MSU 16
- 21 ALA
- Arlington, TX
- Line: ALA -10.0
- Over/Under: 46
Alabama routs Michigan State, advances to CFP title game
Playoff Theatre: 2015 Cotton Bowl
Ryan Kelly, Alabama focused on the task ahead
Ragland: 'The job is still not done'
Cyrus Jones: It's a team effort that got us here
Jake Coker continued to rely on true freshman Calvin Ridley, who broke Amari Cooper's school record for the most receiving yards by a freshman. Coker completed 8-of-10 passes and both of his touchdowns targeting Ridley Thursday. Ridley has led the Crimson Tide receivers in targets in 10 of 11 games following Alabama's loss to Ole Miss.
Jake Coker threw for a career-high 286 yards Saturday and outplayed Connor Cook, who had his first career game with multiple interceptions without a touchdown in his last start at Michigan State.
Coker took advantage of Michigan State's biggest weakness on defense: the secondary. He completed a career-high 3-of-4 passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield Thursday against the Spartans' secondary, which has allowed a Power 5-high 33 such completions this season.
Alabama held Michigan State to season lows in total yards (239), rushing yards (29), yards per rush (1.1) and points (0). It was the first time the Spartans were shut out since 2000 when they lost to Michigan 14-0. Michigan State is the sixth straight opponent Alabama held to fewer than 100 rush yards, the longest active FBS streak by three games.
On plays with four or fewer pass rushers, Alabama held Connor Cook to a completion percentage of 41.9 percent (13-31) with two interceptions and three sacks. Cook has thrown 20 of his 22 career interceptions against such pressure. The Crimson Tide have the most sacks (50) overall and on plays with four or fewer pass rushers (38) in the FBS this season.
Michigan State did not gain yards on 38 percent (10-of-26) of its rushes, the Spartans highest percentage in a game since the 2014 Rose Bowl following the 2013 season. For the season, Alabama holds opponents to no gain on 33 percent of their runs, fourth best in the FBS.
Michigan State's four running backs who received carries (Madre London, LJ Scott, Delton Williams, Gerald Holmes) had a combined 15 rushes for 31 yards with a long of 8 yards. Alabama entered the game allowing the fewest rushing yards per game (61.9) and 10-yard runs (16) to running backs in the FBS.
Alabama had on average a 78% chance to win across all of its plays, the third-most dominant win in a CFP game or BCS championship game in the last 10 seasons.It trails Alabama's 42-14 win against Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS Championship Game (89% avg wp) and Florida's 41-14 win against Ohio State in the 2007 BCS Championship game (82% avg wp).
Jake Coker had a 91.7 Total QBR in Alabama's 38-0 win over Michigan State. It was the second highest QBR for a player in a BCS title game or CFP game in the last 10 seasons.
Alabama's 38-point win is the third-largest margin - and largest shutout - in Cotton Bowl history.
Cyrus Jones punt return was the ninth non-offensive touchdown for Alabama this season; only Arkansas State has more among FBS teams (11).
Michigan State had -9 rushing yards in the first half; the last time it had negative rushing yards in the first half was the 2011 Capital One Bowl against ... Alabama.
This is the first time Michigan State has been scoreless in the first half since the 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl; the Spartans rallied to beat TCU 17-16 in that game.
Derrick Henry is the 19th player in FBS history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.