Alabama vs.San Jose State

  Date: 9/4/2010  
  Score: 48-3  
  Alabama vs. San Jose State

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Running backs Eddie Lacy and Trent Richardson each rushed for a pair of touchdowns, and top-ranked Alabama began defense of its national title with a 48-3 win over San Jose State.

Greg McElroy and AJ McCarron each had a touchdown pass for the Crimson Tide (1-0), who were without two key players. Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram sat out after undergo­ing surgery on his left knee and defensive end Marcell Dareus was ruled ineligible for two games.

McElroy connected on 13-of-15 passes for 218 yards, while McCarron finished 9-of-15 for 116 yards. Lacy rushed for 111 yards. Julio Jones made a one-handed touchdown catch in the second quarter as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 31-3 halftime lead. Alabama had 591 yards of total offense.

"I think we are all starting to understand each other and understand communicating with each other. I think we can be a great unit. Now we have to get ready for a good Penn State team," Ala­bama free safety Robert Lester said.

Harrison Waid’s first-quarter field goal provided the lone score for the Spartans (0-1), who were under the guidance of new head coach Mike MacIntyre. Jordan La Secla completed 7-of-14 passes for 85 yards and was picked off once for the Spartans, who were limited to 175 yards of offense.

McElroy led the Tide to a touchdown on the opening eight-play, 71-yard drive. Richardson capped it with a four-yard TD run just 4:22 into the game.

"I’m just happy to be out there. It’s not really a start for me," Richardson said. "I’ve been playing football my whole life. I don’t call it a start. We’ve got a rotation going. It feels good to beat up on someone other than ourselves."

A 32-yard run by Brandon Rutley, combined with a 15-yard face mask penalty, set San Jose State up in Alabama territory. Harrison booted a 31-yard field goal with 7:26 left in the opening quarter. Less than three minutes later, McElroy found Marquis Maze along the right sideline for a 48-yard touchdown pass and a 14-3 cushion.

Lacy fumbled the ball away into the end zone later in the first quarter, but the Tide gained a 21-3 lead in the opening minute of the second when Richardson broke off a 39-yard touchdown run up the middle. The highlight of the night, though, came with 11:48 to go in the half. Jones took a pattern deep down the field. McCarron, a redshirt freshman, led him a bit too far, but Jones used his left hand to corral the ball as he landed on the goal line.

Waid hit the right upright on a 41-yard field goal try later in the second and Cade Foster capped the half by splitting the uprights from 41 yards out. Lacy, another redshirt freshman, scored on a 37-yard run early in the third, Foster added a 24-yard field goal later in the period, and Lacy ran up the middle for a 10-yard score in the first minute of the fourth.