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                 === No. 1 Alabama rolls past Georgia State ===
 
 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
 passing.
 
 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
 quarter.
 
 "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
 yards rushing.
 
 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
 zone.
 
 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
 38-0.
 
 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
 Alabama possession.
 
 "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."
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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 16:41:54 ET

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