1. Boxer Evander Holyfield gave Western Kentucky its pre-game pep talk, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban demanded the Hilltoppers get respect, but none of that worked as the Tide went on to crush WKU 35-0. Bama out-rushed (103-46), out-passed (225-178) and really out-everythinged their Week 2 opponent.
2. A.J. McCarron, who completed 14 of 19 passes for 219 yards, threw four touchdowns for the second time in his career. McCarron is only the fifth Alabama quarterback in school history to accomplish the feat. Gary Hollingsworth set the school record with five in 1989.
3. Injury update: Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he fully expected nose guard Jesse Williams and cornerback Dee Milliner to play. However, Williams, who sustained a minor concussion against Michigan last week, woke up with a headache this morning, despite having good concussion scores all week, and sat out.
Milliner, who has been nursing a hand injury this week, strained his hip flexor Wednesday in practice and didn’t feel good in pre-game. He told Saban he could have played if need be, but with Arkansas coming up next week, the Tide didn’t want to risk it.
Running back Jalston Fowler injured his knee in the fourth quarter and was carted off the field, grimacing. He will have an MRI tomorrow morning. No further information was released.
Saban also mentioned that linebacker Brent Calloway hurt his shoulder.
Freshman linebacker Reggie Ragland (ankle) didn’t play, either.
4. Alabama didn’t commit any penalties until the fourth quarter. It had one for 10 yards. WKU on the other hand, committed five for 33 yards.
5. Three of the four turnovers Alabama forced resulted in touchdowns.
“Every day in practice, the first thing we do in defensive meetings is put up who caused turnovers,” Saban said. “We’re more conscience of what we’re going. Last year, as good as we were defensively, we didn’t cause many. [This year] I think we can have a very good turnover ratio.”
The Tide forced 20 last season.
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