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November 10, 2013

No. 1 Alabama overwhelms No. 10 LSU, 38-17

McCarron, Yeldon account for five touchdowns

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — AJ McCarron and T.J. Yeldon did in LSU again.
McCarron threw three touchdown passes, Yeldon ran for 133 yards and two scores and No. 1 Alabama overwhelmed the 10th-ranked Tigers 38-17 Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) turned to power football to take control of a game that was tied early in the third quarter. Yeldon carried 18 times in the second half, 25 overall.
He and McCarron had hooked up for the game-winning touchdown pass in the final minute of last season’s meeting with the Tigers (7-3, 3-3). This one had no such dramatic finish.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama scored the final 21 points to brush aside its first challenge since Game 2 against Texas A&M. It was a dominant performance two days after one contender, No. 2 Oregon, fell to another, No. 6 Stanford.
“I think we probably played our best half of football,” Tide coach Nick Saban said. “We didn’t play great in the first half, but man I tell you what, a lot of character out there in the second half.”
McCarron was a workmanlike 14-of-20 passing for 179 yards, letting Yeldon, Kenyan Drake and their blockers assert control. He did hit speedy freshman tight end O.J. Howard for a 52-yard touchdown and overtook John Parker Wilson to become Alabama’s top career passer.
“All he does is win and does what his team needs for him to do,” Saban said of his senior quarterback. “I think the guy is the best quarterback in the country.”
He didn’t need to put up big numbers to improve his career mark to 34-2.
LSU’s Zach Mettenberger completed 16 of 23 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown but was also sacked four times.
It was the most points Alabama has scored against LSU since a 41-12 victory in 1947.
LSU had won five of the last six meetings in Tuscaloosa, but lost fumbles on its first two possessions. The Tigers, who came in averaging 40.2 points, couldn’t regain the lost momentum and managed just 52 yards in the second half.

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