- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.