What others said about Alabama vs. Missouri

Alabama defenders pull down Missouri’s Jimmie Hunt in the first half Saturday. (AP photo by L.G. Patterson)

A look at how newspapers outside Alabama covered the Crimson Tide’s 42-10 win over Missouri on Saturday.

Columbia Daily Tribune
Missouri’s offense figured to struggle against No. 1 Alabama’s collection of All-Americans on defense.

If the Tigers had any chance to hang with the Crimson Tide on Faurot Field, they’d need a dominant day from its defense.

That didn’t happen.

Alabama gashed the Tigers for 362 rushing yards, survived a weather delay and a burst of Missouri momentum to keep the SEC rookies winless in conference play.

Alabama 42, Missouri 10

At times, it didn’t seem so close.

Columbia Daily Missourian
COLUMBIA — The game was over in 45 seconds.

On Alabama’s second play from scrimmage Saturday at Memorial Stadium, running back Eddie Lacy took the handoff from quarterback A.J. McCarron and found a hole on the right side. He burst into the open field before cutting back left, dodging the feeble tackle attempts of Missouri defenders E.J. Gaines and Kenronte Walker.

Lacy scored, the rain poured and for all intents and purposes, the game was over. Alabama scored 28 straight points to begin the game, eventually sailing to a 42-10 win over Missouri.

“Well, it’s a play. I don’t think you pitch a tent and go home,” said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, referring to Lacy’s touchdown run. “It’s like anything else. They made plays. They did a good job. They out-executed us. But obviously, for Alabama that was a great play.”

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
COLUMBIA, Mo. — After Alabama hammered Mizzou 42-10 on Saturday at Faurot Field, MU coach Gary Pinkel lavished praise on the Crimson Tide.

“That is maybe the best football team I’ve ever seen. Time will tell,” he said, adding, “I don’t see a weakness.”

As for his own team, Pinkel offered what are becoming numbingly familiar assessments: of being disappointed in how it played, that it made too many mistakes, that lessons were learned (without specifics) and that he has to coach better.

But other than a quick reference to the depleted and young offensive line up against Bama’s frothing defense, he didn’t dwell much on another theme of the season: injuries such as the ones that have made the O-line an ongoing game of musical chairs and sidelined starting quarterback James Franklin against the Tide.

“After this, I will not talk about injuries the rest of the year, OK?” he said, adding, “We’re going to move on and try to finish the season the right way.”

Kansas City Star
COLUMBIA — The big man hopped briskly through the cold night air, grinning widely while red-and-white clad Alabama fans clapped and shouted from above.

“Six more games!” yelled D.J. Fluker, Alabama’s massive 6-foot-6, 335-pound right tackle, as he strode toward the Crimson Tide’s locker room at Memorial Stadium.

With its convincing 42-10 win over Missouri on Saturday, No. 1 Alabama improved to 6-0, only six winsfrom a perfect regular season. For three-plus hours, Fluker and his teammates had met their coach’s direct challenge, clearly illustrating the gulf that exists between college football’s elite programs and everyone else.

“We had a pretty straightforward message to our team: How important is the season to you?” said Alabama coach Nick Saban, whose team improved to 3-0 in SEC play. “It’s not the potential you have, it’s what you do … with your effort, your toughness … we have been a very good team and this game was, in some ways, the epitome of that.”

The Associated Press
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Nick Saban came off the field Saturday and sized up the afternoon for No. 1 Alabama.

“It was tough sledding out there today, guys,” the Crimson Tide coach said. The thing is, he was speaking more about the weather than the opponent.

“For the conditions, I was pleased with the balance that we had,” he said.

Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon gave Alabama a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time this season and the duo combined for five scores as Alabama beat Missouri 42-10 in a soggy, lightning-delayed game. The Crimson Tide had a season high 533 total yards and held Missouri to 129 yards — and just 3 yards rushing.

“Basically the offensive line came out and they dominated,” Lacy said. “I mean, every time we made a big run it was because they made a big hole for us.”

Center Barrett Jones put it like this: “Probably the best we played all year, given we had a break.”

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