Ridley logged a relatively down 72-769-7 receiving line last season, but has plenty of potential to veer closer to the 1,045 receiving yards he put up during his true freshman campaign back in 2015. Sep. Francois didn't appear able to put any weight on his left foot as he was carried off the field. "It's not just a one-game season". FSU lost an opening game for the first time in eight seasons under coach Jimbo Fisher.
Francois was injured when he was tackled from behind on a scramble by Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison.
Rather, No. 1-ranked Alabama kept chipping away until all that was left was the familiar sight of a broken opponent and the inevitable conclusion that a Nick Saban-coached team wasn't going to lose a game of this magnitude to start the season.
Pappanastos kicked a 35-yard field goal on Alabama's second drive for the only scoring in the first quarter after missing from 42 yards on the first possession.
Florida State couldn't manage any points in the first quarter but did look good offensively.
Junior J.J. Cosentino has played in five games the past two seasons.
Francois was repeatedly pressured all game by Alabama's rebuilt pass rush, especially in the second half when he completed just 5-of-11 passes for 49 yards and the two interceptions on back-to-back series in the third and fourth quarters. Ridley ended the game with seven receptions for 82 yards on 10 targets.
Florida State might have had success limiting Alabama's offense, but it couldn't stop the avalanche from coming for it eventually. Florida State had too many athletes to be beaten out of the chute quite like that.
Harris' blocked punt set up a 25-yard field goal by Andy Pappanastos, and Harris' touchdown run followed a Seminoles fumble on the ensuing kickoff as Alabama took charge in the third quarter. Brown sprinted into the backfield untouched, got a free shot on Francois and didn't miss, decleating the redshirt sophomore on third down.
The Seminoles had a non-existent running game against the Crimson Tide defensive front. Francois was later spotted on crutches on the Florida State sideline.