No. 1 Alabama rolls past Florida Atlantic

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy stiff-arms Florida Atlantic Alabama running back Eddie Lacy stiff-arms Florida Atlantic defensive back D'Joun Smith and runs for a first down during the first half of a game. (Sept. 22, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, including an early 85-yarder to Kenny Bell, and No. 1 Alabama routed Florida Atlantic 40-7 on Saturday.

Eddie Lacy rushed for 106 yards in the first half for the Crimson Tide (4-0), which rolled to 134 consecutive points and two shutouts before allowing a late touchdown.

The Owls (1-3) managed only one first down through three quarters and were outgained 503-110 in total yards. They were coming off a 56-20 loss to another Southeastern Conference power, No. 5 Georgia.

This one was even more one-sided.

McCarron was 15-of-25 passing for 212 yards before leaving midway through the third quarter. The 85-yarder came 1:42 into the game and is tied for the fifth-longest touchdown pass in Tide history.

The only suspense late was whether Alabama could complete a third straight shutout for the first time since Bear Bryant's unbeaten 1966 team.

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