Atlanta Ga, – (al.com) Alabama’s offense stumbled out of the gate, but there was no slowing down Christion Jones.
Jones returned a punt 72 yards to give Alabama an early lead, returned a kick 94 yards in the second quarter and caught a 38-yard touchdown pass in the third to help Alabama escape with a comfortable margin of victory on a night in which the offense failed to generate consistent yards and points.
Outside of Jones’ touchdown catch, the Crimson Tide had just one other scoring drive. That came in the first quarter, when T.J. Yeldon capped a 49-yard possession with a 2-yard touchdown run.
On a night in which it didn’t crack 200 yards, Alabama’s first-team offense had nearly as many first downs (nine) as punts (eight).
Alabama’s defense, though, was impressive. A 78-yard touchdown run by Trey Edmunds late in the first quarter was the only glitch, as Virginia Tech quarterbackLogan Thomas struggled to do much of anything against a stout Crimson Tide front seven.
Safety Vinnie Sunseri had Alabama’s third non-offensive touchdown when he intercepted Thomas early in the second quarter and ran it back 38 yards for the score.
Alabama has next week off before it faces Texas A&M on Sept. 14 in College Station.