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Tide RBs shine in win over Mizzou

October, 13, 2012
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- In its last game against Ole Miss, the University of Alabama rushed for just 125 yards on 34 carries. The Crimson Tide didn’t have a single player rush for over 100 yards for the first time all season.

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AP Photo/Jeff RobersonTide freshman running back T.J. Yeldon rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns against Missouri.
With a week off leading up to Saturday’s game at Missouri, it was clear that Alabama focused its attention on its rushing attack. The Tide rushed for 362 yards against the Tigers, and both Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon easily surpassed the 100-yard plateau, the first time that’s happened all year.

On the second play from scrimmage, Lacy broke a 73-yard touchdown run to put Alabama on the board first.

“We really wanted to get off to a fast start,” center Barrett Jones said. “I felt like we hadn’t been doing a good job of that, and we did. That really sparked us. I felt like we had all the momentum and a lot of excitement.”

Lacy picked up nearly as many yards on that first run as he had all game against Ole Miss. The junior running back credits his mindset coming in.

“I came in with a positive mindset,” he said. “I don’t try to think a certain way. The running backs, we haven’t had a big run in a long time, and I was able to do it today, but it was just because I was thinking positive.”

Lacy finished with 18 carries for a career-high 176 yards and three touchdowns.

Not to be outdone, Yeldon had the best game of his young Alabama career. The freshman back also carried the ball 18 times and finished with 144 yards and two touchdowns. He had a tremendous 15-yard touchdown run right before the weather delay.

“T.J. did a great job today,” Lacy said. “He did a great job on the ground, and we basically did what we set out to do.”

Late in the game, fellow freshman Kenyan Drake got his chance and added a 3-yard touchdown.

The only negative taken from the Alabama running backs on Saturday was Lacy’s fumble in the second quarter. It was only his second fumble of the season. During the game, he suffered a bruised hand and had it wrapped up afterwards.

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- It looked like the only thing that could stop the University of Alabama in the first half was the weather, and that’s exactly what happened.

With the Crimson Tide leading Missouri 27-0 midway through the second quarter, lightning strikes in the area delayed the game for 40 minutes. Alabama never really looked the same after the delay, but still won easily, 42-10.

Alabama rushed for 351 yards against the Tigers. Both Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon easily surpassed the 100-yard mark, and all six of the Tide’s touchdowns came on the ground. Quarterback AJ McCarron finished 16-of-21 for 171 yards.

It was over when: On the second play from scrimmage, Lacy broke a 73-yard touchdown run to give Alabama a quick lead. The Tide scored the game’s first 28 points, and although Missouri made it competitive in the second half, it was clear who the better team was on Saturday. Lacy finished with 176 yards and three touchdowns.

Game ball goes to: Lacy may have had more rushing yards in the game, but it’s Yeldon, a true freshman, who gets the game ball. On a day when McCarron and the offense struggled at times, especially in the second half, Yeldon kept making plays. He had 18 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns, and he helped put the game out of reach.

Stat of the game: Missouri’s lone touchdown came on a 98-yard kickoff return from Marcus Murphy. It the fourth time Murphy has returned a kick for a touchdown this season, which sets a school record. He had taken three punts back for scores through the first six games.

Unsung hero: Alabama’s C.J. Mosley set the tone early for the defense. The junior linebacker rocked Mizzou quarterback Corbin Berkstresser twice in the first quarter and seemed to make plays all over the field. As a whole, the defense held the Tigers to 152 total yards and forced three turnovers.

What it means for Alabama: The game couldn’t have started any better for the nation’s No. 1 team. Alabama jumped out to a 27-0 lead midway through the second quarter and looked unbeatable, but then the lightning struck. A 40-minute weather delay stopped the Tide’s run and gave Missouri a spark. UA didn’t score again until the fourth quarter. Still, Alabama took care of business and passed another SEC road test.

What it means for Missouri: It took a weather delay and a kick return for a touchdown, but Missouri finally started playing football towards the end of the first half. The defense clamped down in the second half. The offense struggled for the second week in a row with Berkstresser under center, but they should get a lift when James Franklin returns. For how bad the first half was, the Tigers played much better in the second half.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 1 Alabama made itself at home in its first trip to Columbia in more than 30 years, jumping out to a 28-7 lead by halftime at a rain-soaked Faurot Field.

Stat of the half: The only thing that could halt Alabama's romp of Missouri in the first half? The weather. Lightning delayed the game 40 minutes.

Player of the half: Bama's junior tailback took the handoff on the second play from scrimmaged and went 73 yards for the score. He ended the half with 143 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

What's working for Alabama: The Tide have beat Missouri at the point of attack from the opening snap. The running game has been punishing and the UA defense has been brutal, knocking Missouri quarterback Corbin Berkstresser to the ground time and time again.

What's not working for Alabama: The weather got the best of the Crimson Tide as AJ McCarron, Eddie Lacy and Cody Mandell fumbled the ball. McCarron's fumble on the Missouri 19-yard line was his first turnover inside the red zone in his career.


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