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3 up, 3 down: Bama 40, FAU 7

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The good and the bad from Alabama's 40-7 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday:

THREE UP

1. Yards after catch: It started with Kenny Bell taking a simple crossing route and scampering 85 yards for the touchdown on the third play of the game. Alabama's receivers didn't give up on the play after completing the catch on Saturday. Amari Cooper and DeAndrew White both did well taking short passes and turning them into long plays.

2. Shut-down defense: Yes, the streak of 12-straight quarters without giving up a score is over. But Alabama's defense was still suffocating against Florida Atlantic. The Tide had three sacks and eight tackles that were for either no gain or a loss. FAU mustered just six first downs and 110 total yards of offense.

3. Running game: It's safe to say Eddie Lacy is back. The junior running back adds an extra burst to the backfield. Against FAU, he ran for 106 yards -- all in the first half. All four running backs to play -- Lacy, T.J. Yeldon, Dee Hart and Kenyan Drake -- averaged more than 6 yards per carry.

THREE DOWN

1. Settling for 3: Alabama's offense stalled out on several drives, attempting four field goals on the afternoon. Whether it was a lack of execution, a penalty or a tackle for loss, the offense just couldn't turn enough opportunities into touchdowns.

2. Fumbles: For three weeks you couldn't get Alabama to let go of the football. On Saturday, the Tide fumbled the ball four times, losing one on a Christion Jones punt return that gave FAU the ball at the Alabama 35-yard line. Luckily, the defense held and kept the mistake from becoming points.

3. Penalties: There were only three on the day, but Saban still wasn't pleased with the lack of focus that resulted in 21 yards in penalties.