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Empty Backfield Opened Up Field

Empty Backfield Opened Up Field

But for poor field position after the opening kickoff, Alabama would have spread the field with five wide receivers on its first offensive series. Instead, the Tide waited until its second offensive series to use the empty backfield and the no-huddle offense, surprising the Penn State defense with four completions to four different receivers en route to the Tide's first touchdown.

That quick start out of the empty backfield set Penn State up for the pounding from sophomore running back Trent Richardson that followed. The Tide offense dominated for most of the game, beating Penn State 24-3 in Tuscaloosa Saturday night. "When you go empty you've only got five guys in to block," Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban said. "Our five guys did a really good job of giving us time to...

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