Wide receiver and return man Christion Jones scored three touchdowns and accounted for 256 all-purpose yards (100 via punt returns, 109 via kickoff returns and 47 receiving) as the top-ranked Crimson Tide opened its 2013 football season with a 35-10 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 73,114 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Alabama scored in every facet of the game, notching three non-offensive touchdowns in a game for the first time since September 30, 1995, (at Georgia) as Jones scored on a 72-yard punt return in the first quarter, went 94 yards on a kickoff return in the second quarter and added a 38-yard scoring reception in the third quarter.
According to the Alabama records dating back to 1944, Jones is the first player to score two touchdowns via returns in one game.
Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri scored on a 38-yard interception return in the second period. Running back T.J. Yeldon added to the first half scoring with a two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter as the Tide rolled to a 28-10 halftime lead.
The Alabama offense was limited to 206 total yards and the Tide defense limited Tech to 212 total yards (153 rushing, 59 passing) and only seven first downs.
Quarterback AJ McCarron completed 10 of 21 pass attempts for 110 yards and one touchdown with one interception. Wide receiver Amari Cooper led the Tide with 38 yards on four catches while T.J. Yeldon led Alabama with 75 rushing yards on 17 carries.
Defensive end Ed Stinson was the leading tackler for the Tide with eight tackles and shared a quarterback sack. Linebacker C.J. Mosley had seven tackles for Alabama while free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix made six stops.
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