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Virginia Tech falls to Alabama

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:01:40 AM EST
Updated On: Sep 01 2013 12:33:06 PM EDT

The Crimson Tide rolled over the Hokies with a final of 35-10

ATLANTA (AP) -- -

Christion Jones became the first Alabama player since at least the 1940s to have two returns for touchdowns, Vinnie Sunseri brought back an interception for another TD, and the top-ranked Crimson Tide overcame a sluggish offensive performance to beat Virginia Tech 35-10 on Saturday.

Jones scored on a 72-yard punt return less than 2 minutes into the game, then scooted loose on a kickoff for a 94-yard touchdown that led the Crimson Tide (1-0) to a win that could've been much tougher to start its quest for an unprecedented third straight national title.

For good measure, the junior receiver also hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter to blow it open against the Hokies (0-1), who largely shut down AJ McCarron and Alabama's highly touted offense.

As for the Hokies' offense, Trey Edmunds led the way with 132 yards on 20 carries. He scored Tech's only touchdown of the day, breaking loose at the end of the first quarter for a 77-yard touchdown run. Logan Thomas finished just 5 of 26 for 59 yards passing with one interception