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Alabama finishes strong in Week 1 win

Updated: September 6, 2009, 9:52 AM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- During the first two quarters of Saturday night's opener against No. 7 Virginia Tech, No. 5 Alabama still looked like the team that seemingly slept through its last game, a 31-17 loss to Utah in the Sugar Bowl.

In the first half of the Chick-fil-A College Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome, the Crimson Tide made a month's worth of errors. They twice settled for field goals after driving inside Virginia Tech's 20-yard line. They allowed a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. ...

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