NCAA Game Summary - Vanderbilt at Alabama|
(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: (2) Alabama 34, Vanderbilt 0
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - A.J. McCarron had four touchdown passes as
No. 2 Alabama mauled Vanderbilt, 34-0, in SEC action.
McCarron was 23-for-30 with 237 yards while DeAndrew White caught two
touchdown passes for the Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0 SEC), who have won all of
their games by double digits and have posted two shutouts this season.
Marquis Maze had nine catches for 93 yards while Trent Richardson added 19
carries for 107 yards and a score to help Alabama defeat Vanderbilt for the
21st straight time.
"It's always good to win in the league," said Alabama head coach Nick Saban.
"We obviously didn't play our best football game, especially in the first
half. We didn't have the mental energy and intensity that we like to have, to
play with the kind of consistency that we need to in order to improve as a
Jordan Rodgers threw for just 104 yards on 11-of-18 passing and was picked off
twice for the Commodores (3-2, 1-2), who have dropped their past two games.
"All I can say is we have to keep working hard and we'll eventually close the
gap," said Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin. "We're going to work hard
every day by developing our kids and recruiting. Our offense moved the ball
well tonight but we didn't make the plays we needed to. When we had the chance
to execute, we didn't do it."
After an exchange of punts to start the game, Alabama took the lead with a 10-
play drive that ended when McCarron and Brad Smelley connected for a six-yard
score and a 7-0 lead with 7:50 left in the first.
Vanderbilt got into scoring position on its next touch, but Carey Spear missed
a 47-yard field goal attempt.
Following another missed field goal attempt from Spear in the second quarter,
this one from 38 yards away, Alabama got its offense back on track.
A 13-play drive, which included a pass interference call on Vanderbilt and a
29-yard catch from Maze on 3rd-and-14, was capped by a leaping catch in the
back of the end zone by White for a five-yard score with 21 seconds left in
The Tide's first possession of the second half ate up 6 1/2 minutes with 12
plays and 94 yards, ending on a one-yard run from Richardson for a 21-0 lead
with 6:03 to play in the third.
Another Vanderbilt punt was followed by another Alabama touchdown when
McCarron and White hooked up on a 39-yard score. After the extra point was
missed, it was a 27-0 game with 52 seconds to play in the third.
An interception of Rodgers early in the fourth quarter setup a 17-yarrd
touchdown catch by Hanks for a 34-0 lead with 12:16 to play.
Alabama plays at Ole Miss next Saturday, while Vanderbilt hosts Georgia...The
Tide totaled 419 yards of offense and 24 first downs while the Commodores were
held to just 190 yards of offense and eight first downs...Alabama held the
ball for over 36 minutes.
10/09 03:10:02 ET