The Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Western Carolina Catamounts 49-0 in a game that was never in doubt. Alabama improved to 10-1 on the season, and kept alive their outside shot at a berth in the BCS National Championship game.
Tide quarterback AJ McCarron was asked to do very little in the passing game, going 6-of-6 for 133 yards and one touchdown in the game. Blake Sims was 2-of-6 in relief of McCarron for 27 yards, and freshman Phillip Ely played mop-up duty at the end of the game, taking a knee with the final snap of the game.
Alabama’s offense was decidedly run-based this week in Tuscaloosa, with Eddie lacy carrying 10 times for 99 yards and 3 touchdowns. Quarterback Blake Sims was second in rushing yards with 70 yards and one touchdown, while freshman sensation T.J. Yeldon had 7 carries for 55 yards and one score.
Defensively, Alabama took care of business, holding the Catamounts to just 163 total yards. Western Carolina quarterback Eddie Sullivan was 4-of-12 for 63 yards.
The defensive play of the game came after an errant backward lateral was dropped by Catamounts back Troy Mitchell and scooped up by Deion Belue, who rumbled 57 yards for a touchdown.
Alabama remains at home next week as they host Auburn. A win against the Tigers clinches the SEC West title for the Crimson Tide and a berth in the Southeastern Conference Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs.