NCAA Game Summary - San Jose State at Alabama|
(Saturday, September 4th)
Final Score: (1) Alabama 48, San Jose State 3
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson each rushed
for a pair of touchdowns, and top-ranked Alabama began defense of its BCS
national title with a 48-3 win over San Jose State.
Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron each had a TD pass for the Crimson Tide (1-0),
who were without two key players. Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark
Ingram sat out after undergoing surgery on his left knee Tuesday. Defensive
end Marcell Dareus was ruled ineligible for two games by the NCAA due to his
dealings with sports agents.
McElroy connected on 13-of-15 passes for 218 yards, while McCarron finished
9-of-15 for 116 yards. Lacy rushed for 111 yards.
Julio Jones made a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter as the
Crimson Tide rolled to a 31-3 halftime lead. Alabama, which had 591 yards of
total offense, has a big game next Saturday by hosting current No. 19 Penn
"I think we are all starting to understand each other and understand
communicating with each other. I think we can be a great unit. Now we have to
get ready for a good Penn State team," Alabama free safety Robert Lester said.
Harrison Waid's first-quarter field goal provided the lone score for the
Spartans (0-1), who are under the guidance of new head coach Mike MacIntyre
and are coming off a 2-10 campaign.
Jordan La Secla completed 7-of-14 passes for 85 yards and was picked off once
for the Spartans, who were limited to 175 yards of offense.
"One thing I noticed is that we're in pretty good shape," MacIntyre said. "We
kept fighting the whole game. The fourth quarter was better than the third
quarter. The third quarter wasn't very good of course. They kept fighting and
there is not a tired guy in there. They fought as hard as they could, so I was
impressed with our conditioning and how they're doing there. That's something
we've been working on."
McElroy led the Tide to a touchdown on the opening eight-play, 71-yard drive.
Richardson capped it with a four-yard TD run just 4:22 into the game.
"I'm just happy to be out there. It's not really a start for me," Richardson
said. "I've been playing football my whole life. I don't call it a start.
We've got a rotation going. It feels good to beat up on someone other than
A 32-yard run by Brandon Rutley, combined with a 15-yard face mask penalty,
set San Jose State up in Alabama territory. Harrison booted a 31-yard field
goal with 7:26 left in the opening quarter.
Less than three minutes later, McElroy found Marquis Maze along the right
sideline for a 48-yard TD pass and a 14-3 cushion.
Lacy fumbled the ball away into the end zone later in the first quarter, but
the Tide gained a 21-3 lead in the opening minute of the second when
Richardson broke off a 39-yard TD run up the middle.
The highlight of the night, though, came with 11:48 to go in the half. Jones
took a pattern deep down the field. McCarron, a redshirt freshman, led him a
bit too far, but Jones used his left hand to corral the ball as he landed on
the goal line.
Waid hit the right upright on a 41-yard field goal try later in the second and
Cade Foster capped the half by splitting the uprights from 41 yards out.
Lacy, another redshirt freshman, scored on a 37-yard run early in the third,
Foster added a 24-yard field goal later in the period, and Lacy ran up the
middle for a 10-yard score in the first minute of the fourth.
Alabama has compiled a 92-21-3 all-time record in season openers, including a
nine-game winning streak...San Jose State's last victory over a nationally-
ranked opponent came in the 2000 season when the Spartans defeated No. 9 TCU
featuring LaDainian Tomlinson, 27-24, in Spartan Stadium. The last time San
Jose State defeated a nationally-ranked foe on the road was in 1980, against
Baylor...San Jose State is 0-4 all-time against Southeastern Conference
09/05 00:09:19 ET