@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:THE STAR
Mike McCoy had a breakout game as the competition continues for the No. 2 receiver role behind Julio Jones. By halftime, McCoy had five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown while Jones caught only one ball for 9 yards. Greg McElroy made a case with his school-record 14 straight completions.
T.Y. Hilton’s 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter proved FIU wasn’t messing around. It also showed Alabama still has plenty of work to do on its kick return team that allowed a touchdown against Virginia Tech as well.
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Getting more pressure on the FIU passer halted any momentum the Sun Belt school may have had in the second quarter. The swarming defenders limited FIU to 4 yards in the third quarter as Alabama seized control.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“(Terrence Cody) is sitting with me on the bus everywhere we go. I used to have that whole front seat to myself, and, according to him, he would not fit in that seat last year. He’s doing a little begging when he’s sitting here. He’s really nice to me because he wants to play more on third down.” — Nick Saban
BY THE NUMBERS
1: total rushing yards Alabama allowed Saturday night, including Florida International quarterback Paul McCall’s minus-29 on 11 rushes.
4: total yards FIU gained in the third quarter as pass rushers made life difficult for McCall.
9: different Alabama players caught passes against FIU in a game that saw three different Tide quarterbacks play.
96: yards Hilton ran with the game’s second kickoff for the first FIU score of the game.
14: consecutive completions for McElroy that broke the school record. The streak lasted from the opening drive through the third quarter.
3:14: time left on third quarter clock when freshman Trent Richardson scored his first touchdown in an Alabama uniform.