QUICK HITS: Alabama smothers FAU 40-7

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Though Alabama couldn't preserve a third straight shutout, it made up for what the Tide deemed a lousy showing in its last home game by beating Florida Atlantic 40-7 Saturday.

1. Earlier this week Florida Atlantic defensive end Cory Henry said that Alabama "ain't that good" and that his Owls had more speed than the Tide. He's likely eating his words now after Alabama beat FAU 40-7 Saturday.

Henry only had two tackles and had the opportunity to be blocked by Cyrus Kouandjio all day.

Kouandjio said he didn't hear a peep out of Henry all game.

"He was actually quiet," he said. "I just kept working and he competed, but he was real quiet."

Asked if he knew he was blocking the guy who made his opinion of Alabama so public this week, Kouandjio smiled.

"Yeah, we had some fun out there," he said. "I had some fun."

2. After today, quarterback A.J. McCarron, who went 15 of 25 for 212 yards and three touchdowns through two-and-a-half quarters, has completed nine touchdown passes to six different players this season, and 14 different players have caught a pass.

Backups Phillip Ely and Blake Sims played in the second half, but only Sims had a completion.

3. Cade Foster's first field goal of the day was a 52-yarder, breaching his previous range of 51 yards. Foster attempted two from 52 against Michigan and Arkansas, but both were misses.

4. This was the first game all season Alabama's defense didn't forced a turnover. Heading into FAU, the Tide had forced 12 and scored 70 points off them.

Did it hurt to not have that in their stat line today?

"Yeah, it did, because that's something we pride ourselves on," said linebacker Nico Johnson. "When we get turnovers, we feel really good about ourselves and today we didn't meet our mark.

"I don't think we attacked the ball well today like we've done in the past."

5. Eddie Lacy, who's had injuries nagging from turf toe to a sprained ankle that date back to the spring, had his best outing thus far, rushing 15 times for 106 yards and although he didn't score a touchdown, he set up quite a few.

"Every day he's getting better and better," Kouandjio said. "And he's gonna blow up sooner or later."


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