NCAA Game Summary - North Texas at Alabama|
(Saturday, September 17th)
Final Score: (2) Alabama 41, North Texas 0
Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Trent Richardson rushed for 167 yards and
three touchdowns on 11 carries, and Eddie Lacy added 161 yards and two scores
on nine carries as No. 2 Alabama rolled over North Texas, 41-0.
"The offensive line did pretty good and they established themselves in the
second half," said Richardson. "They really got their head into it, and that
really made a big difference in the game. It always feels good to run behind
the offensive line like that."
A.J. McCarron completed 15-of-21 passes for 190 yards for the Crimson Tide
Derek Thompson went 11-of-22 through the air for 80 yards for North Texas
(0-3). Lance Dunbar caught four passes for 45 yards while James Hamilton ran
for 33 yards on seven carries for the Mean Green.
McCarron went 4-for-5 on the opening drive of the game to lead Alabama down to
the North Texas nine-yard line, but the drive stalled there, resulting in a
26-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley.
After forcing a North Texas punt, Alabama took over at their own 42. Darius
Hanks gave the Crimson Tide a first down with a 14-yard catch on a second and
13, and Christion Jones hauled in a 30-yard pass before Richardson rumbled in
for a four-yard TD.
Lacy broke off a 43-yard run down the right sideline on the second play of the
second quarter to put Alabama ahead 17-0.
On Alabama's next possession, McCarron was replaced by Phillip Sims at
quarterback. Sims led an eight-play drive that included a 19-yard pass to
Brandon Gibson and resulted in a 37-yard field goal by Shelley.
Sims completed 6-of-8 passes for 49 yards in his time at quarterback.
McCarron came back in the game with 2:36 left in the second and led Alabama
down the field, but Shelley missed a 36-yard field goal wide right to keep it
a 20-0 game at the half.
North Texas came out firing in the second half, as Thompson started the
opening drive with a 20-yard completion to Dunbar and followed that with a 17-
yard pass to Michael Outlaw. The drive stalled at the Alabama 25, however, and
Zach Olen's 42-yard field goal attempt was blocked to keep the Mean Green off
On the Crimson Tides' next possession, McCarron fumbled as he was hit while
scrambling and North Texas took over at its own 45. But Alabama forced a
three-and-out and the Mean Green had to punt.
Richardson took a handoff on the next play down the left sideline for a 58-
yard touchdown, making it 27-0.
Richardson added a 71-yard TD run early in the fourth and Lacy added a 67-yard
scoring run the next time Alabama had the ball.
North Texas drove into Alabama's red zone for the first time in the game late
in the fourth quarter and was even given a fresh set of downs on the Crimson
Tide two-yard line thanks to a third down pass interference call in the end
zone. But Alabama kept the Mean Green out of the end zone to preserve the
"We don't have an identity right now. It be fun to go out there and play a bad
Division I team right now but we didn't have that chance tonight," North Texas
head coach Dan McCarney said. "We had to play the No. 2 team in the country
and as good as a defense you'll see in college football. That hinders our
development on offense."
North Texas was held to 169 total yards of offense...Alabama racked up 586
yards of total offense...Kenny Bell caught four passes for 55 yards for
09/18 00:16:20 ET