(1) Alabama - 45, Georgia State - 3
October 5, 2013
Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Quarterback AJ McCarron set a school record for completion
percentage in a game and threw four first-half touchdown passes as top-ranked
Alabama (5-0 overall; 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference) scored touchdowns on
its first five offensive possessions on the way to a 45-3 win over Georgia State
(0-5 overall) on a warm, humid, sunny Homecoming Saturday afternoon before a
crowd of 101,254 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
DeAndrew white makes a one-handed catch for a touchdown during the first quarter.
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McCarron completed his first 12 pass attempts on the way to completing 15 of 16
passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns, connecting with wide receiver DeAndrew
White four times for 45 yards and a touchdown. He also found wide receiver
Christion Jones, running back Kenyan Drake and running back Jalston Fowler for
touchdowns as five different Tide players scored touchdowns in the first half.
McCarron's 93.75 percent accuracy rate set a record for Alabama passers, surpassing
the 84.2 percent mark set by Ken Stabler who competed 16 of 19 against Ole Miss
on Oct. 1, 1966.
Fifteen different players caught at least one pass for Alabama, led by Chris
Black's five catches for 53 yards and one touchdown. Reserve quarterback Blake
Sims completed 13 of 17 attempts for 129 yards and one touchdown. Meanwhile,
Alabama's defense was stifling against the Panthers, limiting GSU to 175 total
yards (15 rushing, 160 passing). Linebacker C.J. Mosley led the Alabama defense
with six tackles, including two for losses.
Harrison Jones took GSU's short opening kickoff at the Alabama 20-yard line and
returned it nine yards to set up the Crimson Tide offense for its first possession.
Alabama then took the ball to start the game and charged 71 yards in seven plays
to a touchdown. The drive started with a 28-yard run by T.J. Yeldon on the first
play to the Panthers' 43-yard line. McCarron passed to tight end O.J. Howard for
13 yards to the GSU 30. A pass to Christion Jones gained two and a Yeldon rush
gained one more to set up third-and-seven at the GSU 27. McCarron converted the
play into a first down on a seven-yard pass to receiver Kevin Norwood to the GSU
20. McCarron then hit Jones for 12 yards to the Panther eight-yard line before
another pass to Jones yielded eight more and a touchdown. Cade Foster's kick gave
Alabama a 7-0 lead with 11:46 left in the first quarter.
After a Georgia State punt, the Alabama offense took over at the Tide 40 and
embarked on another scoring march, this one moving 60 yards in seven plays and
consuming 4:04 of game time. Yeldon gained seven on a draw play to start the
drive, then gained three more for a first down at the 50 before taking a carry
up the middle for eight more to the GSU 42. McCarron then found wide receiver
DeAndrew White for a 13-yard pass play to the Panther 29, the then duo connected
again for 11 more to the GSU 18. Another McCarron pass on the next play to tight
end Brian Vogler gained nine yards to the Panther nine before a substitution
infraction by GSU moved the Tide to the GSU four. From there, Yeldon took a
handoff over left guard for four yards and a touchdown. Foster's kick gave
Alabama a 14-0 lead with 3:08 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Alabama's Dee Hart caused GSU's Kelton Hill to fumble
on the return and the Tide's Dillon Lee recovered at the GSU 16. Lee returned
the fumble for six yards to set up the Tide at the Panther 10. Alabama wasted
no time capitalizing as McCarron threw to White, who made a difficult catch
over a defender near the back corner of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown
play. Foster's kick gave Alabama a 21-0 lead with 2:55 left in the opening quarter.
Alabama scored again on its next possession to move the score to 28-0, driving
62 yards in five plays to its fourth touchdown in four possessions.
Starting from the Tide 38, McCarron passed to White for 11 yards to start the
drive. From the UA 49, his deep pass for Jones was incomplete at the goal line
but GSU's Rashad Stewart was flagged for pass interference to move the Tide to
the GSU 36. Running back Kenyan Drake took a handoff and gained seven yards over
right end to the GSU 29. After another Drake run gained two on the first play of
the second quarter, Drake took a McCarron pass in the right flat, broke loose of
a tackler, and raced 23 yards to a touchdown as he leaped over the corner pylon
for the touchdown. Foster's kick gave Alabama a 28-0 lead with 13:48 left in the
Following a 65-yard punt into the Alabama end zone by GSU's Matt Hubbard, the Tide
began the next possession at the UA 20-yard line. Alabama embarked on its fifth
consecutive touchdown march of the game, this one going 80 yards in eight plays
and consuming 3:29 of game clock. An 18-yard pass by McCarron to Kenny Bell started
the march, McCarron's 12th consecutive completion to start the game (third-best
streak in Tide history). After an incompletion on the next play, running back
Jalston Fowler rumbled over right end for 13 yards to the GSU 49. A pass to Norwood
gained nine yards followed by a 19-yard completion to Kenny Bell to the GSU 21.
McCarron then hit Norwood for two yards on a crossing pattern to the GSU 19, but
a holding penalty on the Panthers erased it and moved the ball to the Panther 11.
Fowler then rushed for eight yards over left guard to the GSU three before taking
another handoff over left guard for two more to the Panther one-yard line. On the
next play, McCarron faked a handoff and tossed a short pass to Fowler for a touchdown.
Foster's kick extended the lead to 35-0 for Alabama with 6:11 left in the first half.
The Tide defense forced another punt on the next GSU possession and Alabama took
over at its own 46-yard line. Blake Sims took over at quarterback for the Tide. A
handoff to Drake gained five to the GSU 49, then Sims passed to Norwood on a
crossing pattern for 26 yards to the Panther 23. Drake took a handoff over left
guard and stormed for 22 yards to the GSU one-yard line. A false start penalty
moved the Tide back five yards to the GSU six-yard line. Running back Dee Hart
was stopped for a four-yard loss to set up second-and-goal from the GSU 10. Another
false start set back the offense five more yards, creating a second-and-goal from
the GSU 15. Hart failed to gain on a rush on the next play to set up a third-and-goal
at the 15. From the shotgun, Sims was flushed from the pocket and gained six yards
to the GSU 9. That set up a 27-yard field goal attempt by Foster that was good to
give Alabama a 38-0 lead with 36 seconds remaining in the second quarter.
Taking the kickoff to start the second half, the Panthers marched to a score by
moving 46 yards in nine plays to a school-record 53-yard field goal by Wil Lutz
that cut the Alabama lead to 38-3 with 11:20 left in the third quarter.
Alabama's offense, comprised mostly of reserves, took its first possession of the
second half and scored another touchdown. Sims engineered a 68-yard march in 10
plays on a drive that took 5:02 of the clock. Sims completed passes of 12 yards
to tight end Harrison Jones and hit receiver Chris Black for three completions
on the march, with tosses of seven, 16 and 10 yards. The final Black connection
was for a touchdown. Foster's kick gave Alabama a 45-3 lead with 6:18 left in the
An 11-play, 68-yard drive to the Panther 12 ended in futility for the Tide, despite
taking five minutes of game clock as Alabama misfired on a field goal with 13:44
left in the game. The march featured two rushes by Derrick Henry that gained 31
total yards but ended with a missed field goal by reserve placekicker Adam Griffith.
It marked the first Alabama offensive possession of the day that did not yield points.