NCAA Game Summary - Georgia State at Alabama|
(Saturday, October 5th)
Final Score: (1) Alabama 45, Georgia State 3
Tuscaloosa, AL (SportsNetwork.com) - AJ McCarron tied a personal best with
four touchdown passes in limited action, and the top-ranked Alabama Crimson
Tide pounded an overmatched Georgia State squad, 45-3.
McCarron played only five series and finished with 166 yards on 15-of-16
T.J. Yeldon had 51 yards and a touchdown on six carries for Alabama (5-0),
which has won nine games in a row. Blake Sims completed 14-of-18 passes for
130 yards and a score in relief of McCarron.
The Crimson Tide produced points on each of their first seven drives. The run
ended when Adam Griffith missed a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth
"We did a better job of executing, and I was really pleased with the way we
came out, especially offensively, to score touchdowns on the first five
possessions and a field goal on the sixth," said Alabama head coach Nick
Saban. "We executed better, and I think our players made some improvements."
Georgia State quarterback Ronnie Bell accumulated 146 yards while connecting
on 11-of-20 passes. The Panthers (0-5), playing their inaugural FBS season as
a member of the Sun Belt Conference, totaled only nine first downs and 15
Ahead 7-0, the Crimson Tide expanded their first-quarter lead with two
touchdowns separated by 13 seconds.
Yeldon capped Alabama's second possession with a 4-yard run, and after Georgia
State's Kelton Hill fumbled the ball on the ensuing kickoff, DeAndrew White
made a nifty one-hand grab around a defender in the left corner of the end
McCarron, who didn't miss on his first 12 pass attempts, hooked up with Kenyan
Drake and Jalston Fowler for touchdowns in the second quarter, the latter
coming with 6:11 remaining.
Cade Foster kicked a 27-yard field goal prior to halftime to put Alabama up
The Panthers were able to get on the board when Wil Lutz drilled a 53-yarder
on the opening drive of the second half.
Sims countered with a 10-yard scoring strike to Chris Black on the next
"I thought our young men competed hard," said Georgia State head coach Trent
Miles. "When you're playing the number one team in the nation at their place
and you're a major underdog, you can't help them and we went out there and
helped them early in the game. We went out and fumbled a kickoff return, we
missed tackles, and we had some young guys not line up right. I'm not sure if
they were nervous or what, but it just made their job a little easier."
Alabama posted a 63-7 win in the only other meeting between the two teams on
Nov. 18, 2010 ... Georgia State played a team from a BCS conference for the
fourth time in program history.
10/05 16:40:32 ET