Alabama dismantled Auburn on Saturday afternoon. Really, it wasn’t much of a contest. Auburn scored on a fumble recovery in the endzone and a kickoff return for a touchdown. There was nothing on offense for Auburn. That is, until Alabama had the game well in hand the Crimson Tide defense was only allowing 44 yards of offense — and that was late in the third quarter.
Alabama had 19 first downs. Auburn had 9. Alabama had 213 yards rushing. Auburn had 78. Alabama averaged 6.1 yards per carry. Auburn averaged 2.2 yards per carry.
Alabama had 184 yards passing and averaged 10.2 yards per completion. Auburn had 62 yards passing and averaged 5.6 yards per completion.
Alabama totaled 397 yards from scrimmage, and the Tide averaged 6.8 yards per play. Auburn totaled 140 yards from scrimmage, and the Tigers averaged 2.5 yards per play.
A.J. McCarron finished 18-23 for 184 yards, 3 touchdowns. His longest pass was a 41 yard touchdown pass to Kenny Bell with 6:33 to go in the first quarter.
Trent Richardson ran for 203 yards on 27 carries. He averaged 7.5 yards per carry. His longest run went for 57 yards, and Trent only lost one yard on the ground. One yard. All night. Trent also caught one pass for 5 yards and a touchdown.
Brad Smelley caught six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. His longest reception went for 35 yards.
Kenny Bell caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown. His longest reception went for 41 yards.
Marquis Maze caught four passes for 18 yards.
Brandon Gibson caught two passes for 13 yards.
Michael Williams caught two passes for 12 yards. Oh, and he also caught a two-point conversion try. It may have been the most hilarious and “we just clowned on you” play I’ve seen since Nick Saban came to Tuscaloosa.
Eddie Lacy caught one pass for 4 yards.
On defense the Crimson Tide were stout. All day long Kirby Smart’s defensive schemes were perfect for anything Auburn tried to throw at the Tide. Nothing penetrated the defense. Not even Michael Dyer. Not even Ontario McCalebb. The Tigers’ longest play from scrimmage was a 15 yard pass to Philip Lutzenkirchen.
Dont’a Hightower got injured early in the game, left, returned, and made an impact all over the field. He finished with 9 tackles, 6 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss (3 yards).
Vinnie Sunseri filled in for both Mark Barron when he was injured and Will Lowery (tore his ACL last week) in packages where Lowery usually would have played. And he filled in quite nicely. Sunseri amassed 6 tackles, 4 solo tackles.
DeMarcus Milliner played well, too. He had 6 total tackles, 4 solo tackles, and an interception — 35 yards that set up another Alabama touchdown. That interception took the wind out of the proverbial Auburn sails, and allowed the Tide to continue to roll.
That’s just a quick run down of the big stats from tonight’s game. Here’s the full statsheet from Rolltide.com: Click here
Oh yea. I almost forgot.