(1) Alabama - 42, Missouri - 10
October 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. - A pair of Alabama running backs exceeded 100 rushing yards and
the Crimson Tide defense contained an explosive Missouri offense as Alabama
(6-0 overall; 3-0 in the Southeastern Conference) defeated the Missouri Tigers,
42-10, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The game was delayed for 40
minutes by lightning in the second quarter with Alabama leading, 27-0.
Quarterback Blake Sims breaks away from Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden (25)
for a long fourth-quarter run.
Photo Credit - Mark Almond/al.com
Alabama's Eddie Lacy rushed for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns
on 18 carries while T.J. Yeldon gained 144 rushing yards and two touchdowns on
18 attempts as the Tide rushed for 362 yards in the game. Overall, Alabama
amassed 533 yards of total offense, adding 171 passing yards to its rushing total.
Other than a kickoff return for a touchdown and a drive to a field goal, Alabama
controlled the game by limiting Missouri (3-4 overall; 0-4 SEC) to 129 total
yards, including just three rushing yards. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron passed
for 171 yards while completing 16 of 21 attempts without an interception. C.J.
Mosley led the Alabama defense with 12 tackles including a sack for nine yards
and a fumble recovery.
Lacy took a handoff off the right tackle on the game's second play from scrimmage
and raced across the field from the left sideline to the right on a career-long
73-yard touchdown run to give Alabama a 7-0 lead just 45 seconds into the game.
After forcing a Missouri punt, Alabama started its next possession at its own
8-yard line and drove to the Missouri 36 before being forced to punt. Cody
Mandell's punt was downed at the Missouri 13-yard line. After Kendall Lawrence
started the possession with a 17-yard run to the Missouri 25, Alabama halted the
drive when Vinnie Sunseri intercepted a deflected third-down pass at the 50-yard
line with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter.
On the first play of the next series, McCarron play-faked and threw deep to Kenny
Bell on a post pattern. Bell hauled in the pass as he fell at the Missouri 6-yard
line. Two plays later, Lacy leapt over a pile for three yards and a touchdown to
give Alabama a 14-0 lead with 6:07 left in the first period.
The Tide's Landon Collins blocked Missouri's punt on the Tiger's next possession,
giving Alabama the ball at the Tiger 17-yard line. Yeldon took a handoff around
the right end on the first play and raced 16 yards to the Missouri 1. After Yeldon
was stopped for no gain on the next play, he followed a block by Jesse Williams
off left guard for a one-yard touchdown run to give Alabama a 21-0 lead with 1:42
left in the first quarter.
Missouri's Trey Barrow boomed a 61-yard punt on the next possession, back to the
Alabama 20-yard line, where Christion Jones fielded it and returned it 30 yards
before being flipped on the tackle. That set up the Tide at the 50 and ended the
first quarter of play.
McCarron started the second half from the shotgun formation, hitting wide receiver
Kevin Norwood for 15 yards to the Missouri 35. Lacey carried for one yard before
eclipsing the 100 rushing yards mark for the game on the next play, a nine-yard
rush to the Missouri 25 with 13:45 left in the second quarter. After an incomplete
pass, Lacy carried for six yards to the Tiger 19 to set up third and four.
McCarron scrambled from the pocket and fumbled as he was tackled with the Tigers
recovering at the Missouri 12 with 12:17 remaining.
After forcing another punt, the Tide put together another scoring drive, which
was capped by Yeldon taking a handoff to his right, breaking through a tackler
as he turned the corner and diving the last four yards over the pylon for a
touchdown on a 15-yard scamper. That run gave Alabama a 27-0 lead with 8:40 left
in the second quarter. At that point, the game was suspended due to a lightning
strike near the stadium. After a 40-minute delay, play resumed with Jeremy
Shelley's extra-point kick giving Alabama a 28-0 lead.
Missouri's Marcus Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown
to narrow the Alabama lead to 21 with 8:24 remaining in the second quarter.
Alabama's next possession ended with a dropped snap by punter Cody Mandell that
gave Missouri the ball at the Alabama 34-yard line with 1:56 remaining in the
second quarter. On second down, Missouri's LaDainian Washington caught a 24-yard
pass from quarterback Corbin Berkstresser to the Alabama 11. After a Kendall
Lawrence run gained one yard to the Crimson Tide 10, Berkstresser kept for a
yard to the 9 to set up a third down and eight with 18 seconds left in the half.
On the next play, the Tide's Adrian Hubbard blasted Berkstresser as he set to
pass, causing a fumble that eventually ended up at the Alabama 49, preserving
the 28-7 Alabama lead heading into halftime.
With impending severe weather predicted for the remainder of the day, officials
chose to reduce the halftime break from the customary 20 minutes to a 5-minute
break before resuming play.
Missouri took the kickoff to open the second and marched 51 yards in seven plays
to a 41-yard field goal by Andrew Baggett with 11:50 left in the third quarter
to narrow the Alabama lead to 18 points. The drive was highlighted by pass
completions of 16 and 29 yards on successive plays, moving the ball from the
Missouri 25 to the Alabama 30 before the march stalled.
On the next possession, McCarron was sacked as he dropped back to pass on third
and four and was injured on the play that lost eight yards and set up a punt. He
was assisted to the sideline by trainers with an apparent right knee injury, but
was walking on his own.
After the Tide punt, Missouri set up at the Alabama 44 but the Tigers could not
mount a drive and punted the ball to the Alabama 10 with 8:49 left in the third
quarter. Fitted with a brace on his right knee, McCarron returned to action on
the Tide's next possession, during which he scrambled for a short gain before
Missouri forced an Alabama punt.
Early in the fourth quarter a short Missouri punt set the Tide offense up at
the Tiger 41. From there, the Alabama offense ground out a touchdown march that
encompassed 11 plays and consumed 5:59 of game time. Lacy capped the drive with
a one-yard dive for a score with 8:05 remaining to give Alabama a 35-10 lead.
Lacy keyed the drive with a seven-yard run on a fourth-and-one play to the
Missouri 25 and McCarron hit Amari Cooper for a seven-yard pass completion
on a third-and-seven play to the Missouri 2.
The Alabama reserves capped the scoring in the late stages following an
interception, driving 54 yards in seven plays to a score after safety HaHa
Clinton-Dix intercepted a Missouri pass at the Alabama 46-yard line. Kenyan
Drake scored on a three-yard run with 2:28 left to end the scoring.
Alabama stays on the road next weekend, traveling to Knoxville, Tenn. on Oct. 20.