(2) Alabama - 34, Vanderbilt - 0
October 8, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Sophomore quarterback AJ McCarron passed for 237 yards and
four touchdowns while junior running back Trent Richardson ran for 107 yards
on 19 carries and a touchdown as the No. 2 Alabama football team defeated the
Vanderbilt Commodores 34-0 on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Crimson Tide
improves to 6-0 overall (3-0 in the SEC) while Vanderbilt falls to 3-2 and 0-2
versus SEC opponents.
DeAndre White catches a 39 yard touchdown pass in between Trey Wilson(8) and Eric
Samuels(22) in the fourth quarter.
Photo Credit - AP
Senior wide receiver Marquis Maze set a new career-high with nine catches on the
day, totaling 93 yards, while redshirt freshman receiver DeAndrew White hauled in
three receptions for 58 yards and two touchdowns. The Crimson Tide defense held
Vanderbilt to 190 total yards, including just 48 in the second half. Moreover,
Alabama recorded two interceptions and did not allow the Commodores to cross
midfield after halftime.
"It's always good to win in the league," UA head coach Nick Saban said. "We
obviously didn't play our best football game, especially in the first half.
We didn't have the mental energy and intensity that we like to have to play
with the kind of consistency that we need to in order to improve as a team.
Vanderbilt has a great team. They are doing a good job with their team. They
play hard and create a lot of problems for you on offense and do a lot of things
to take advantage and play well with the guys they have. We played a lot better
in the second half."
The Crimson Tide opened up the scoring on its second possession of the game, taking
10 plays to go 77 yards culminating in a McCarron to Brad Smelley six-yard touchdown
strike to make the score 7-0. Alabama would get on the scoreboard again late in the
second quarter as McCarron found White in the back of the end zone from five yards
out to up the UA lead to 14-0.
After forcing a Vanderbilt punt to open the second half, the Crimson Tide marched
94 yards in 12 plays, capping the drive off with a Richardson touchdown run from
one yard out to make the score 21-0. Following a Commodores punt on the ensuing
possession, Alabama needed nine plays to move 81 yards, as McCarron connected with
White from 39 yards out on a 3rd-and-7 play to make the score 27-0. For the game,
Alabama converted 12-of-17 third downs while allowing Vanderbilt to just 1-of-10
on third down.
McCarron would notch his fourth touchdown pass of the game at the outset of the
fourth quarter, finding Darius Hanks from 17 yards to make it 34-0. The score was
the first on the year for Hanks, who finished the game with a season-high five
catches for 60 yards.
McCarron's four touchdown passes versus the Commodores equaled his season total
heading into the game and are the second most ever in a game by a Crimson Tide
quarterback. Furthermore, White set a new career-high with his two touchdown
receptions while Richardson went over the 100 yard plateau for the fifth consecutive
The shutout marks the 28th time the Alabama defense has held an opponent to ten
points or less under Saban and is the second time the Tide has shutout an opponent
this year. Alabama is allowing just 5.2 points per game at home this season.
The Crimson Tide will travel to Oxford, Miss., next Saturday where it will take on
the Mississippi Rebels. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. (CST) and will be televised by ESPN2.