@BR Boxtext bold lede colon:THE STAR
In a game that lacked big individual performances, Greg McElroy’s efficiency stood out. In what amounted to just one half of playing time, the junior quarterback completed 13-of-15 attempts including his first seven. He’s continuing to mature in the offense now that he’s three games into his job as starter.
McElroy’s 2-yard rushing touchdown with 7:47 to play in the first quarter showed Alabama wasn’t going to settle for field goals in the early going as it had in the first two games. The Tide offense followed that up with touchdowns on the next three drives to quiet the slow-start talk, at least for a week.
Scheduling North Texas. Saturday was the perfect time to play a struggling program as several Alabama backups got extra playing time after the outcome was secure. With the SEC schedule starting next Saturday, some of the participants may have seen their last game action, but they were able to gain experience they wouldn’t have had if the opponent put up more of a fight.
QUOTE OF THE GAME
“I don’t really mind getting criticized when I agree with the criticism. I mean, we haven’t covered kicks well,” Alabama coach Nick Saban.
BY THE NUMBERS
7: Consecutive completions for Greg McElroy to open the game a week after setting an Alabama record for 14 in a row.
21: More first downs Alabama had than North Texas (28-7).
1.2: Average yards in 12 rushing attempts for North Texas by halftime. Alabama entered allowing 1.1 yards per rush.
86.7: McElroy’s pass completion percentage (13-for-15) that tied a school record also held by Walter Lewis (1983) and Danny Woodson (1991).
2: Missed extra points for Leigh Tiffin in 96 career attempts heading into Saturday’s game.
2: Extra points that sailed wide of the goal posts in Saturday’s game.
100: Percentage of success in the red zone for Alabama as it scored on all seven of its trips inside the North Texas 20 yard-line.
92,012: Announced attendance although there were pockets of empty seats thanks to the poor weather.