Scores

Final

Georgia State 3

(0-5, 0-2 away)

(1) Alabama 45

(5-0, 2-0 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:21 PM ET, October 5, 2013

Bryant-Denny Stadium, TUSCALOOSA, AL

1 2 3 4 T
GAST 0 0 3 03
#1ALA 21 17 7 045

Top Performers

Passing: A. McCarron (ALA) - 166 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: T. Yeldon (ALA) - 6 CAR, 51 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Black (ALA) - 6 REC, 54 YDS, 1 TD

AJ McCarron throws 4 TD passes as Alabama routs Georgia State

Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The ball seldom hit the ground, regardless of which Alabama quarterback was throwing the passes.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide's defense also held its third straight opponent out of the end zone.

AJ McCarron completed 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns in the first half and Alabama was brutally efficient in rolling to a 45-3 victory over Georgia State on Saturday.

"That's what we were looking for," Tide wide receiver DeAndrew White said. "We try to play a perfect game. Special teams, offense, defense coming together, that's what we want."

The Tide (5-0) jumped ahead 38-0 by halftime in what might have turned into a name-your-score game against the Panthers (0-5), a first-year Football Bowl Subdivision team.

McCarron led Alabama to touchdowns on each of his five possessions before leaving and set the school record for completion percentage in a game with a minimum of 15 passes. He completed his first 12 passes, putting him in a three-way tie for the Tide's third-longest streak.

The four touchdown passes matched his career high and was the seventh time McCarron has reached that number. Alabama outgained the Panthers 477-175 and held them to 15 yards on 22 rushes.

Tide coach Nick Saban's summation of the offense: "I thought our efficiency was really good."

The defense was equally effective. Alabama has allowed only three field goals in the past three games.

"It's a lot of pride," safety Landon Collins said. "That's our defense. That's what we live upon. That's what we pride (ourselves) on: No offense can score on us, and that's what we try to do every game we come into."

Georgia State ended Alabama's bid for a second straight shutout with Wil Lutz's school-record 53-yard field goal to cap the second half's opening drive. Ronnie Bell's 34-yard pass to Albert Wilson put the Panthers across midfield for the first time and helped set up the score.

Bell completed 11 of 20 passes for 146 yards. Albert Wilson gained 60 yards on four catches.

"They did a great job of doing what they wanted to do, when they wanted to do it," Georgia State coach Trent Miles said. "I thought our young men competed hard. When you're playing the No. 1 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."

Collins started in place of Tide safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who was suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. He reportedly accepted a short-term loan from an assistant, but the star's absence wasn't a problem in the mismatch. Clinton-Dix's status remains uncertain for next week's game at Kentucky.

"I don't have any new information and when we get new information, we'll certainly pass it along to you," Saban said.

The Tide scored on every possession until freshman sub Adam Griffith missed a 30-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter and only punted once. Numerous subs played on both sides of the ball for Alabama, starting before the half.

Backup quarterback Blake Sims wasn't far behind McCarron's accuracy. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 130 yards and his second career touchdown, a 10-yard pass to Chris Black that was the game's final score with 6:18 left in the third quarter.

Alabama scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, capping it with White's one-handed grab for an 11-yard scoring catch one play after the Tide recovered a fumbled punt return.

Backup tailback Kenyan Drake added a 23-yard catch on a swing pass early in the second quarter. He bounced off a defender near the line of scrimmage and dove into end zone.

Starter T.J. Yeldon ran for 28 yards on the game's first play and finished with six carries for 51 yards.

Drake finished with five carries for 40 yards. Freshman Derrick Henry gained 50 yards on five carries.

Alabama freshman defensive end A'Shawn Robinson made his first career start in place of Jeoffrey Pagan (shoulder), but plenty of other youngsters and reserves saw significant action.

The defense didn't miss a beat.

"They got to the ball very fast, which got us to play faster," Bell said. "So when we get into competition with the Sun Belt, then we'll play faster."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GAST
ALA
1st Downs931
Total Yards175477
Passing160296
Rushing15181
Penalties10-604-30
3rd Down Conversions4-126-9
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers10
Possession26:2233:38

Passing Leaders

Georgia StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Bell11/201467.300
AlabamaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
McCarron15/1616610.440

Rushing Leaders

Georgia StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Evans14191.4012
Jean-Bart242.005
AlabamaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Yeldon6518.5128
Henry55010.0017

Receiving Leaders

Georgia StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson46015.0034
Davis34515.0028
AlabamaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Black6549.0116
White44511.3113

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGASTALA
TD11:46Christion Jones 8 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Cade Foster Kick)
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07
TD03:08T.J. Yeldon 4 Yd Run (Cade Foster Kick)
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014
TD02:55DeAndrew White 10 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Cade Foster Kick)
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021
SECOND QUARTERGASTALA
TD13:48Kenyan Drake 23 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Cade Foster Kick)
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028
TD06:11Jalston Fowler 1 Yd Pass From AJ McCarron (Cade Foster Kick)
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035
FG00:36Cade Foster 27 Yd
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038
THIRD QUARTERGASTALA
FG11:20Wil Lutz 53 Yd
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338
TD06:18Chris Black 10 Yd Pass From Blake Sims (Adam Griffith Kick)
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345

Research Notes

AJ McCarron posted a 97.0 Total QBR in fewer than two quarters against Georgia State. McCarron completed 15-of-16 passes, including his first 12 passes of the game. Overall, 12 of his 16 attempts (75%) went for a first down or touchdown, the highest percentage by a quarterback in a game this season.

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