Boxscore
Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0
Saturday, September 8, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - Bryant-Denny Stadium
Attendance - 101821

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Western Kentucky 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 14 7 7 7 35

Recap


No. 1 Alabama 35, Western Kentucky 0:
Quarterback AJ McCarron threw for 219 yards and matched a career high with four touchdown passes as the No. 1 Crimson Tide routed the visiting Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky (1-1) fumbled the ball away three times in the first half, two of which led to scores after Alabama (2-0) opened the game with a 72-yard drive in 1:53, capped by McCarron's 14-yard TD pass to Christion Jones.
 
McCarron connected on TD passes to Kevin Norwood (33 yards) and Jones (22) later in the half to make it 21-0.
 
McCarron's 12-yard strike to Norwood in the third quarter was set up by Deion Belue's interception and made it 28-0. Kenyan Drake added a 32-yard TD run in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring.
 
Alabama struggled to get a consistent ground game going, totaling only 103 yards. McCarron was also sacked six times.

The Hilltoppers totaled 224 yards of offense and their best chance to score came after driving to the Alabama 19 in the second quarter. Quarterback Kawaun Jakes, however, was sacked scrambling on third down and lost the ball, and Western Kentucky never seriously threatened again.

Western Kentucky was shut out for the first time since 2002, when it lost 14-0 to Western Illinois.
 
GAME NOTEBOOK:
Neither team committed a penalty in the first half. ... Alabama has allowed seven points or less in 18 of last 19 first halves. ... Boxing legend Evander Holyfield gave a speech in the Western Kentucky locker room before the game.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 13:07
Alabama   TD  Alabama 7 - Western Kentucky 0
1st Quarter - 5:57
Alabama   TD  Alabama 14 - Western Kentucky 0
2nd Quarter - 6:53
Alabama   TD  Alabama 21 - Western Kentucky 0
3rd Quarter - 13:15
Alabama   TD  Alabama 28 - Western Kentucky 0
4th Quarter - 1:47
Alabama   TD  Alabama 35 - Western Kentucky 0
TEAMS

Team Records

  Western Kentucky Alabama
W/L 1 - 1 - 0 2 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Western Kentucky Alabama
Score 0 35
First Downs 14 17
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-13
38%
4-for-10
40%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
1-for-1
100%
Total Yards 224 328
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 28-46 31-103
Average/Rush 1.6 3.3
Passing
Comp-Att 20-31 15-20
Passing Yards 178 225
Average/Pass Play 5.2 8.7
Penalties-Yards 5-33 1-10
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 32:28 27:32

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Jakes 20/31 178 0 1
Alabama (2 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
A. McCarron 14/19 219 4 0
B. Sims 1/1 6 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Andrews 7 27 3.9 0
L. Allen 11 26 2.4 0
W. McNeal 1 4 4.0 0
M. Sumler 2 3 1.5 0
B. Axon 2 3 1.5 0
K. Jones 1 2 2.0 0
K. Jakes 4 -19 -4.8 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
E. Lacy 9 36 4.0 0
K. Drake 1 32 32.0 1
T. Yeldon 6 25 4.2 0
C. Mandell 1 18 18.0 0
J. Fowler 3 18 6.0 0
D. Hart 3 12 4.0 0
A. McCarron 8 -38 -4.8 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Andrews 6 52 8.7 0
J. Doyle 7 45 6.4 0
K. Jones 2 33 16.5 0
B. Brand 3 25 8.3 0
M. Henry 1 17 17.0 0
W. McNeal 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
K. Norwood 3 92 30.7 2
C. Jones 3 47 15.7 2
T. Yeldon 4 47 11.8 0
D. White 1 15 15.0 0
A. Cooper 2 12 6.0 0
J. Fowler 1 6 6.0 0
D. Hart 1 6 6.0 0
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