Tua Tagovailoa threw for 336 yards and four touchdowns as No. 2 Alabama overcame a sluggish start to blow out Duke, 42-3, Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta.
Returning to the stadium where they won the Southeastern Conference title last December and the national championship two seasons ago, the Crimson Tide (1-0) was held scoreless in the first quarter — which happened only one time in 2018.
But the Blue Devils (0-1) merely delayed the inevitable.
Tagovailoa put his tight ends to good use. The left-hander hooked up with Miller Forristall on a 27-yard touchdown pass and then went to Major Tennison for a 1-yard score.
DeVonta Smith hauled in an 8-yard TD pass and Jerry Jeudy broke loose for a 21-yard score. Jerome Ford and Brian Robinson Jr. ran for the Tide’s other TDs.
No. 13 Washington 47, Eastern Washington 14 — At Seattle: Jacob Eason threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns in his first game in nearly two years in his Washington debut and the Huskies opened the season with a win over FCS power Eastern Washington.
No. 22 Syracuse 24, Liberty 0 — Lynchburg, Va.: Abdul Adams, Jarveon Howard and Moe Neal ran for touchdowns and Syracuse spoiled a most unusual debut for Hugh Freeze as Liberty’s coach.