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3 Up, 3 Down: Bama 42, Missouri 10

10/21/2012

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A look at the good and bad from Alabama's 42-10 win over Missouri on the road on Saturday afternoon.

THREE UP
1. Running game: Eddie Lacy wasted no time taking advantage of the Missouri defense, sprinting 73 yards for a score on the second play from scrimmage. He finished the game with 178 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries. His cohort in the backfield, freshman T.J. Yeldon, was no slouch, either. He ran for 144 yards and two touchdowns of his own. All told, Alabama averaged 7.7 yards per rush attempt.

2. Pressuring the backfield: The defense had its gaffs, surrendering a few big plays to Missouri. But when it came to getting in the face of quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, Alabama was a rousing success. Alabama came away from Columbia with three sacks, seven tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries. Berkstresser finished 12-for-29 with two interceptions.

3. McCarron's health: The minutes between AJ McCarron going down with a knee injury to the time he returned to the game seemed like an eternity. Doctors poked and prodder his knee and the pain was obvious. When he jogged back in the huddle, the relief on the Alabama seating block was evident. Their quarterback was back, and their season was safe once again.

THREE DOWN

1. Fumbles: Alabama had trouble holding onto the football in the rainy conditions. McCarron committed his first turnover in the red zone of his career on a fumble. Lacy had his first fumble since the season opener, and Cody Mandell fumbled away a snap, handing Missouri the ball deep in Alabama territory.

2. Alabama receivers: The deep threat wasn't there from the Alabama passing game. Neither was the big play. No UA receivers had a touchdown reception. Amari Cooper led the team with just four catches for 41 yards.

3. Special teams: Alabama allowed the first kick return for a touchdown since last season when Missouri's Marcus Murphy went 98 yards for the score.