Christion Jones made sure Alabama's three-peat bid got rolling quickly.
Following a three-and-out debut by the Virginia Tech offense in the first series of the game, the junior wide receiver from Adamsville, Ala., received the ensuing punt at his own 28-yard line. After backtracking a few steps, Jones navigated the waves the onrushing Hokies for a 72-yard touchdown.
Unfortunately for Tech, this return may not have even been Jones' most impressive of the night. After Frank Beamer's ACC squad cut the Alabama lead to 21-10 in the second quarter, Jones returned the kickoff 94 yards for his second score of the game.
In the third quarter, Jones would finish off his touchdown hat trick in a more conventional manner. He ran under a deep pass from Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron for a 38-yard touchdown.
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"It's every kid's dream to do something like that," Jones said after the Crimson Tide's 35-10 win, via The Associated Press..