Bama Hammers Penn State, 27-11

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Constancy and balance - that’s what the Crimson Tide showed today as they defeated Penn State, 27-11. AJ McCarron showed poised and maturity as he settled into the game. McCarron started the game 0-3, but ended up throwing for 163 yards (19-31) and one touchdown.

Running back, Trent Richardson, looked like his old self running for 110 yards and two touchdowns. As far as the Bama defense goes, no surprise there, they shut down Penn State’s offense most of the afternoon.

The Nittany Lions had gotten off to a good start in the first quarter with a 16 play, 54 yard drive that stall-PSU would kick the field goal to take a 3-0, after that it was all Bama.

After giving up the field goal in the first quarter, the Bama defense would tighten up and would force the Nittany Lions into several turnovers in the second half which would lead to scoring opportunities and the offense for the Tide would pick up.

The Tide would fake a punt and go for it on a fourth down play which seemed to get the offense going. From there, McCarron would throw a touchdown pass to tight end Michael Williams to take a 7-3 lead.

After a Penn State punt, Bama would march down the field again and kick a field goal to increase the lead to 10-3. PSU would come back with a drive of their own ,only to fumble on a first down catch. Bama would recover the fumble and with 35 seconds to go in the half, Richardson would take it in the end zone to make the score at the half, Bama 17-3.

Bama would kick another field goal in the third quarter to make it 20-3 and with just under six minutes to go in the ball game, Richardson would scored his second touchdown of the game after two big runs set up by back up Eddie Lacy, to make the score 27-3.

With less then three minutes to go in the game, PSU would score, go for two to make the final score Alabama 27 Penn State, 11.

Coach Saban seemed generally pleased with the play of his team and his quarterback.

“We learned to be aggressive today. We learned to attack,” he said.

“AJ did a really good of managing the game...Penn State is a much better team than they were a year ago.”

ROLL TIDE!

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