Tide Still Doesn't Have Duron Carter

There was quite a stir pre-game when Alabama's media relations office announced that a junior college transfer wide receiver, who had previously been reported as ready to play this weekend, is not yet eligible to play.

Alabama Coach Nick Saban has mentioned several times over the past few weeks that it appeared all the paperwork had been completed so that wide receiver Duron Carter could join the team. There was even speculation he might play against Penn State Saturday.

Instead, The University issued a three sentence press release:

"Wide receiver Duron Carter did not travel with the football team to State College for today's game. The University of Alabama is awaiting documents necessary for Carter to be certified. Until those documents are received, Carter may continue practicing with the team, but he cannot compete in a game."

Even without Carter, Bama had plenty of firepower to down the Nittany Lions, 27-11, in Beaver Stadium at University Park, Pa., Saturday.

Considering the weather, congratulations to fans able to make it. Unquestionably more than 5,000 Alabama fans -- the number of tickets provided Alabama. Attendance of 107,846 -- the largest crowd ever to see Alabama football in person

The Crimson Tide leads the series with Penn State, 10-5. UA boasts a 4-2 edge in the series in State College, collecting wins in 1981 (31-6), 1987 (24-13 and 1989 (17-16) prior to this year.

Alabama owns a 16-9 (.640) record against the programs that currently make up the Big Ten Conference.

Although Saban has a personal 4-3 record against Penn State, it was his first victory as a head coach in State College. His all-time record against Big Ten teams is 27-17-1 (.611).

Saturday's win over Penn State continued a trend of road success by the Crimson Tide in recent seasons. Including Saturday's win, Alabama has a 12-2 mark in true road games since 2008. The Tide posted a 3-2 mark last season on the heels of 4-0 records in 2008 and 2009. Alabama has outscored its opponents 459-234 over that span. In all games away from Tuscaloosa since 2008, Alabama is 17-4, including a 9-4 mark against ranked opponents.

Alabama has been very successful in the opening month of the season under Saban. Now in his fifth season at Alabama, the Crimson Tide sports a 17-2 record in September. Since 2008, Alabama is a perfect 14-0 in September games.

The Alabama defense limited Penn State to 250 total yards (106 rushing, 144 passing). In Saban's 56-game tenure at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has limited the opposition to fewer than 300 yards of total offense 31 times, or 55.4 per cent of games.  

The Tide has not allowed a touchdown in the opening quarter since Tauren Poole found pay dirt for Tennessee on Oct. 23, 2010. The streaks spans seven games and includes four shutout first quarters. The opening drive field goal by Penn State on Saturday broke a four-game first quarter scoreless streak by opponents.

Senior safety Mark Barron collected two turnovers. First, he stopped a Penn State drive in the third quarter with an interception at the Alabama 9-yard line. That interception, Barron's first of the 2011 season, is the 11th of his Alabama career. That total ranks Barron 11th in Alabama history for interceptions in a career. Antonio Langham (1990-93) is the Alabama career record holder with 19 interceptions. Later, in the fourth quarter, Barron scooped up a loose ball caused by cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to end another Penn State drive at the Crimson Tide 35-yard line.

Junior running back Trent Richardson enjoyed a methodical outing against Penn State, scoring two rushing touchdowns while exceeding the 100-yard rushing total for the fifth time in his Alabama career, carrying for 112 yards on a career-high 26 attempts. Richardson's 3-yard touchdown run with 35 seconds remaining in the second quarter gave Alabama a 17-3 lead. His 13-yard scamper with 6:14 left in the fourth quarter salted away the Alabama victory to put the Tide up, 27-3. With the two touchdowns, Richardson has 24 in his Alabama career, including 19 via rush. Overall, Richardson has scored 19 rushing touchdowns, four touchdowns receiving and has returned one kickoff for a touchdown in his Crimson Tide career. Through two games in 2011, Richardson has scored five touchdowns - all rushing.

Sophomore quarterback A.J. McCarron was solid in his first road game start, completing 19 of 31 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown without throwing an interception.  

Alabama's kickoff return deep receivers were Trent Richardson and Dee Milliner.

Captains for Bama were wide receiver Marquis Maze, linebacker Courtney Upshaw, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, and center William Vlachos.

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