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    McCarron's Big Day Leads Alabama past WKU

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    By Scott Crumbly
    Twitter: @ScottCrumbly
    SEC Digital Network

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – After a statement win over Michigan last weekend in Dallas, No. 1 Alabama kept its momentum rolling at home on Saturday with a 35-0 shutout victory over the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky.
     
    The Crimson Tide offense showed its superiority in the first half, with quarterback AJ McCarron connecting on three touchdown passes in the game’s first 30 minutes. ’Bama wide-out Christian Jones was on the receiving end of two of those passes and Kevin Norwood hauled in the other.
     
    McCarron picked up where he left off in the second half, connecting with Norwood once again to put the Tide up by four touchdowns. McCarron finished the day with 225 yards and four touchdowns through the air, completing 75 percent of his passes.
     
    Alabama’s rushing attack was not as effective as it was in Dallas, but that wasn’t a problem for the Tide thanks to stout defense and an effective passing game. Alabama is now 19-0 in September games dating back to 2008, and 21-2 overall under head coach Nick Saban.
     
    The Crimson Tide will kick-off their Southeastern Conference schedule next week when they travel to face the Arkansas Razorbacks.
     
    Statistical Leaders
     
    Alabama

     
    Passing – AJ McCarron, 15-of-20, 225 yards, 4 TD
    Rushing – Eddie Lacy, 9 car, 36 yards
    Receiving –Kevin Norwood, 3 rec, 92 yards, 2 TD
     
    Western Kentucky
     
    Passing – Kawaun Jakes, 20-of-31, 178 yards, INT
    Rushing – Antonio Andrews, 7 car, 27 yards
    Receiving – Antonio Andrews, 6 rec, 52 yards