Tuscaloosa, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Quarterback AJ McCarron set a school record for completion percentage in a game and threw four first-half touchdown passes as top-ranked Alabama crushed Georgia State, 45-3, Saturday before a crowd of 101,254 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
McCarron completed his first 12 pass attempts on the way to completing 15 of 16 passes for 166 yards and four touchdowns while the Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on their first five offensive possessions to improve to 5-0 (2-0 SEC).
McCarron’s 93.75 percent accuracy rate set a record for Alabama passers, surpassing the 84.2 percent mark set by Ken Stabler who competed 16 of 19 against Ole Miss on Oct. 1, 1966.
He connected with wide receiver DeAndrew White four times for 45 yards and a touchdown and found Christion Jones, running back Kenyan Drake and Jalston Fowler for touchdowns as five different Tide players scored touchdowns in the first half.
Fifteen different players caught at least one pass for Alabama, led by Chris Black’s five catches for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Reserve quarterback Blake Sims completed 13 of 17 attempts for 129 yards and one touchdown while TJ Yeldon rushed six times for 51 yards and a touchdown for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama’s defense also stifled the Panthers, limiting GSU to 175 total yards (15 rushing, 160 passing). Linebacker C.J. Mosley led the Alabama defense with six tackles, including two for losses.
Ronnie Bell completed 11 of 20 passes for 146 yards while Wil Lutz provided the only scoring for the Panthers (0-5) with a 53-yard field goal in the third.
In the first, McCarron found Jones with an eight-yard touchdown pass and Yeldon made it a two-touchdown game with a short four-year run. McCarron then padded the lead to 21-0 with a 10-yard pass to White.
The Crimson Tide pulled away in the second after two scoring strikes by McCarron to Drake and Fowler before Cade Foster made it a 38-0 game with a 27-yard field goal.