On Saturday afternoon in Tuscaloosa, the Chattanooga Mocs proved to be nothing more than a mere tune-up for the well-oiled Alabama machine. After the initial drive of the third quarter ended with an AJ McCarron 38-yard touchdown pass, the senior quarterback took the rest of the afternoon off as his team enjoyed a 35-point lead. The Crimson Tide would add two more touchdowns before the game came to a close with a final score of 49-0.
For McCarron, this was his last ever performance in front of the home crowd at Bryant-Denny Stadium. The third-year starter put together yet another solid performance for the fans in attendance. Completing 13 of 16 pass attempts for 171 yards and two scores, the Heisman Trophy hopeful did nothing to damage his chances in the race for college football’s most coveted prize.
The Alabama ground game backed up McCarron with a solid showing of their own versus Chattanooga. Sophomore running back Kenyan Drake racked up 77 rushing yards and a touchdown on 11 carries while freshman Derrick Henry added in 66 yards on a half-dozen attempts.
If top tailback T.J. Yeldon is unable to go again next weekend due to his sprained ankle, both Drake and Henry will need to step up big for the Crimson Tide as they head out to take on archrival Auburn for their annual bout known as the Iron Bowl. Next Saturday’s SEC West showdown between the two will be for the division crown and a spot in the Conference Championship Game.