Boxscore
Alabama 45, Georgia Southern 21
Saturday, November 19, 2011 2:00 PM
Location - Bryant-Denny Stadium
Attendance - 101821

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Georgia Southern 0 14 7 0 21
Alabama 10 14 14 7 45

Recap


Friday, No. 2 Oklahoma State coughed up a 17-point lead and was stunned at Iowa State, severely crippling the Cowboys chances at getting a spot in the BCS title game. And though No. 3 Alabama’s 17-point cushion was down to 10 midway through the third quarter Saturday against Georgia Southern, the host Tide did not follow the Cowboys’ lead.

Trent Richardson rushed for 173 yards and scored two touchdowns and A.J. McCarron threw for three scores as Alabama went to 10-1, defeating the Eagles from the FCS, 45-21 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Georgia Southern (9-2) got to within 31-21 when Laron Scott returned a kick off 95 yards for a touchdown with 7:03 left in the third, but Alabama quickly reasserted itself. Richardson capped a nine-play drive with a one-yard scoring run to get the lead back to 17 points late in the third.

Southern, the No. 2 rushing offense in FCS, finished with 302 yards on the ground, nearly six times what Alabama’s top-ranked run defense was allowing per game. Freshman running back Dominique Swope rushed for 153 of the yards, including an 82-yard touchdown run early in the second to cut the deficit to 17-7.

Down 3-0, the Eagles looked good on their first offensive possession, collecting 49 yards on the ground and getting to the Alabama 25 in position to perhaps pull even at 3-3. But Dont’a Hightower blocked Adrian Mora’s 42-yard field goal attempt and Dre Kirkpatrick returned it 55 yards for a touchdown to put the Tide up 10-0 after one quarter. McCarron followed that with a four-yard touchdown toss to Richardson that made it 17-0.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:48
Alabama   FG  Alabama 3 - Georgia Southern 0
1st Quarter - 5:12
Alabama   TD  Alabama 10 - Georgia Southern 0
2nd Quarter - 12:56
Alabama   TD  Alabama 17 - Georgia Southern 0
2nd Quarter - 12:36
Georgia Southern   TD  Alabama 17 - Georgia Southern 7
2nd Quarter - 6:16
Alabama   TD  Alabama 24 - Georgia Southern 7
2nd Quarter - 0:56
Georgia Southern   TD  Alabama 24 - Georgia Southern 14
3rd Quarter - 7:17
Alabama   TD  Alabama 31 - Georgia Southern 14
3rd Quarter - 7:03
Georgia Southern   TD  Alabama 31 - Georgia Southern 21
3rd Quarter - 2:36
Alabama   TD  Alabama 38 - Georgia Southern 21
4th Quarter - 0:44
Alabama   TD  Alabama 45 - Georgia Southern 21
TEAMS

Team Records

  Georgia Southern Alabama
W/L 0 - 1 - 0 10 - 1 - 0
Conference 6 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Georgia Southern Alabama
Score 21 45
First Downs 14 28
3rd Down Efficiency 2-for-9
22%
7-for-10
70%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-3
67%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 341 462
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 39-302 49-272
Average/Rush 7.7 5.6
Passing
Comp-Att 1-7 14-19
Passing Yards 39 190
Average/Pass Play 5.6 10.0
Penalties-Yards 5-40 6-35
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 27:23 32:37

PLAYER STATS

Georgia Southern (0 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
No Passing
Alabama (10 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. McCarron 14/19 190 3 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
No Rushing
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Richardson 32 175 5.5 2
E. Lacy 6 45 7.5 0
J. Fowler 8 41 5.1 0
A. McCarron 3 11 3.7 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
No receiving
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
B. Smelley 4 58 14.5 2
B. Gibson 4 49 12.2 0
M. Maze 3 44 14.7 0
K. Norwood 1 22 22.0 0
E. Lacy 1 13 13.0 0
T. Richardson 1 4 4.0 1
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