@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.
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.