Greg McElroy. He’s got plenty on his mind and a rising star in his rearview mirror, but the fifth-year senior broke his own completion percentage record against the overmatched Panthers. Just two days before sitting down for his Rhodes Scholarship final interview, McElroy completed all but one drop in his 13 attempts. That also came with fan favorite AJ McCarron receiving more and more support from the general public who is eager to see the future Crimson Tide gunslinger. For at least one final night, McElroy was the prime time quarterback in Bryant-Denny Stadium.
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When the starters left uninjured. There was little to gain against a program like Georgia State but a lot to lose with Auburn coming to town next week. When the offensive starters left to a standing ovation in the second quarter, the fans in crimson could take a deep breath and start planning for the Iron Bowl coming up next Friday.
Spreading the love. There were nine touchdowns scored by the Tide and eight different players had at least one to their name.
Quote of the game
“A lot of stuff went wrong; we made a lot of mistakes. It was rough out there. I think some of our guys were shocked at the beginning by the pace of the game. You could tell just a huge difference in the speed of their offensive linemen compared to the other linemen we had played this year.” -- Georgia State defensive end Kalen Jenkins.
BY THE NUMBERS
Wide receiver screens thrown to Julio Jones on the first possession good for gains of 13, 8 and 8 with the final one going for a touchdown.
Of the 11 plays on Alabama’s second possession that were Mark Ingram runs that accounted for 38 yards including a 1-yard touchdown run.
Georgia State (2) had 17 fewer first downs than Alabama (19) at halftime with only one coming after the first Panther play from scrimmage.
-- Michael Casagrande
More receiving yards Georgia State tallied after opening the night with a 55-yard reception. The visitors finished with 74 yards through the air.
Total punting yards by Alabama’s Cody Mandell who was only called on once in the fourth quarter long after the outcome was decided.
-- Michael Casagrange