Game analysis: No. 1 Alabama 45, Georgia State 3
by Marq Burnett

The Crimson Tide attack scored on its first six drives, with five touchdowns and a field goal. Quarterback AJ McCarron was on fire from the start, completing 15 of 16 passing for 166 yards and four touchdowns. His lone incompletion came on an O.J. Howard drop.

Backup quarterback Blake Sims played well once McCarron left the game in the second quarter. Sims finished 14-of-18 passing for 130 yards and a touchdown.

Fifteen different players caught at least one pass and six running backs had at least three carries.

The Crimson Tide compiled 477 yards of total offense on 64 plays and gained 31 first downs.


The Crimson Tide held the Panthers to 175 yards of total offense.

The Panthers netted just 15 rushing yards and gained only nine first downs. The only points allowed came on a 53-yard field goal.

The Tide forced the Panthers to punt seven times and held them to 4 of 12 on third down conversions. It was a dominate performance by a defense riding the momentum from last week’s shutout.

In addition, as with the offense, the Tide defense got plenty of different faces on the field.

Special teams

Other than kickoffs, the specials didn’t have to play much.

On a kickoff, Alabama’s Dee Hart forced a fumble, and linebacker Dillon Lee recovered the ball. Cody Mandell only punted once for 42 yards and pinned Georgia State inside the 20-yard line.

Place-kicker Cade Foster nailed a 27-yard field goal just before halftime to make it a 38-0 game. The only blemish was freshman kicker Adam Griffith, who missed his first career field goal attempt from 30 yards away.


The Crimson Tide staff had the players motivated for a lesser opponent, and the team didn’t come out flat as it did against Colorado State.

Alabama was aggressive from the start and went for the jugular early. The Tide led 38-0 at halftime before pulling up.

The coaching staff went in with the plan of playing a lot of young players, and it paid off.


It was a clinic by Alabama. The Tide was able to do whatever they wanted and never let up. The best part about this game is that young players were able to get a significant amount of playing time, which helps moving forward should the Tide need its depth.
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