Norwood Has Big Game Vs. State

Kevin Norwood hasn't been a big factor in Alabama's offense this season. Going into Saturday's game at Mississippi State he had just four catches for 30 yards. That changed in Starkville for the Mississippi native.

Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood had two receptions for 60 yards, including a 38-yard catch that was the longest of his career. Moreover, both receptions by the native of D'Iberville, Miss., started the Crimson Tide to scores in Bama's 24-7 win over Mississippi State Saturday night.

"It was fun," Norwood said following the game.

"It was a great game," Norwood said. "We didn't play too well in the first half, but we came together in the second half. We couldn't find our rhythm."

Norwood found himself wide open on three pass routes, and quarterback A.J. McCarron hit him on two of them. The first went for 22 yards and started the Tide on a 52-yard march that ended with Eddie Lacy's first touchdown of the game and a 7-0 halftime lead. His second was for 38 yards on Bama's first possession of the second half, moving Alabama from its 20 to the Mississippi State 42 and leading to a 24-yard Jeremy Shelley field goal and a 10-0 lead.

Norwood said there were some problems "developing the plays in the first half, but we made adjustments at halftime."

He said that quarterback A.J. McCarron "wants us to get open and he'll get the ball to us." He added that McCarron suffering an interception didn't affect the quarterback's confidence.

"A.J. has confidence," Norwood said.

Norwood said he played more against Mississippi State "because I've been practicing hard."

He said that continued in the game.

"We had to work hard because we were coming off a loss," he said. Norwood added that having a large contingent of Alabama fans in Starkville helped the Tide.

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