Alabama shuts out Western Carolina

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TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — Alabama pounded Western Carolina 49-0 at home Saturday as Eddie Lacy rushed for three touchdowns.

T.J. Yeldon and Blake Sims each rushed for one touchdown for the Crimson Tide, which led 42-0 at halftime.

AJ McCarron tossed a touchdown apss to Christion Jones, and Deion Belue picked up a fumble and ran 57 yards for a touchdown.

McCarron completed 6 of 6 passes for 133 yards, while Lacy rushed 10 times for 99 yards. Sims had 70 yards on eight carries and completed 2 of 6 passes for 27 yards.

C.J. Mosley led the defense with six tackles, while Nick Perry had five. Nico Johnson and Brandon Ivory had four each.

Alabama (10-1) is in double figures for wins for the fifth straight season, which marks the first time the Tide has done that since 1971-75.

Saturday’s paid attendance was 101,126, which is 695 short of a sellout. That’s the first home game in the Nick Saban era which didn’t sell out.

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