The Alabama Crimson Tide took on their first test of the 2011 season, and had little problems disposing of the Penn State Nittany Lions, 27-11 at Beaver Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The concerns over the weather were unfounded, as the two teams played on a good surface with no rain at least during the game. That was probably my biggest concern coming into this game with AJ McCarron making his first road start.
The Nittany Lions were looking for a better showing than last season in Tuscaloosa, and came out amped. Penn State got the ball first and ate 7:26 of the clock with a 16-play 54-yard drive that eventually stalled and led to Anthony Ferra connecting on a 43 yard-field goal for the game’s first points. But, after that strong opening drive for the Nittany Lions, the Crimson Tide’s defense shut them down, and frustrated both Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin.
After Alabama went three-and-out on their first drive, they forced a Penn State three-and-out and went on a scoring drive [Read More]