Nov. 24, 2012
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes and 216 yards, Eddie Lacy rushed for two touchdowns and 131 yards and Amari Cooper had 109 yards receiving and two touchdowns to lead #2 Alabama to a 49-0 victory over Auburn in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday.
On the final play of the game, sophomore Tre Mason gained 5 yards to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season with 1,002 yards. With his 82 yards rushing, Mason has 1,163 career rushing yards.
Alabama (11-1, 7-1) jumped out to a 42-0 lead by the half and continued to cruise the rest of the way. The Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on each of their six first half possessions and their first possession of the second half.
The Crimson Tide scored on their first possession aided by a pair of 15-yard penalties to take a 7-0 lead on an Eddie Lacy 2-yard just under four minutes into the game. T.J. Yeldon followed with Alabama's second 2-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 14-0 with five minutes to go to close out the scoring in the first quarter.
McCarron threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Cooper to complete a 6-play, 88-yard drive to take a 21-0 lead less than three minutes into the second quarter. Alabama's fourth score was set up by a Jonathan Wallace interception that was returned to the Auburn 29. McCarron threw his second touchdown toss of the quarter on a 7-yard pass to Kevin Norwood for a 28-0 lead at 8:39.
Lacy scored his second touchdown of the day on a 1-yard run for a 35-0 Crimson Tide lead at 4:43. Alabama forced a Mason fumble and returned it to the Auburn 35. That set up a 30-yard McCarron touchdown pass to Cooper for his second touchdown reception of the game for a 42-0 Alabama lead 31 seconds before the half.
Alabama had three touchdowns passing and three rushing as Auburn (3-9, 0-8) was held to only five first downs in the opening half.
The Crimson Tide picked up in the second half where it left off the first as McCarron threw his fourth touchdown pass of the game, this time a 38-yarder to Norwood for his second score, for a 49-0 Alabama lead six minutes after the break.