Lacy Has Big Day In Bama Victory

Despite rolling up a 503-110 advantage in total yardage, the offense of top-ranked Alabama left a few points on the field during a 40-7 home win over the Florida Atlantic Owls. Twice, the Tide had to settle for short field goals by Jeremy Shelley when it appeared Bama was about to cash in six, rather than three points.

That said, junior Alabama running back Eddie Lacy had a breakout game, as he ran for 106 yards on 15 carries, and re-introduced his trademark spin move.

"I'm feeling more comfortable now," said Lacy, referring to previous toe, knee and ankle ailments. "I don't too much worry about the nagging injuries, and my spin move, well, it's getting there."

Lacy's blockers noticed, too. "He was out there making plays and having fun," said offensive tackle D.J. Fluker. "(Lacy) was laughing, and having a good time. He took on two defenders and spun off them. He did a great job."

Said left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, "Every day (Lacy's) getting better from his injuries, and before long, he's going to blow up."

As well as Lacy looked, along with quarterback A.J. McCarron (15-25 passing, 212 yards, 3 scores and no picks), the Alabama offense could well have scored more than the 40 points it did put on the board. Sure, the team is an impressive 18-18 in the red zone this year (with 14 touchdowns and four field goals), but…

"We've just got to keep building, week to week," McCarron said. "Never be satisfied. Keep mastering our craft as a whole, and we'll be there.

"Just stop hurting ourselves. Just keep executing. We've just got to watch film, and correct our mistakes."

Junior wide receiver Kenny Bell produced perhaps the game's most exciting play when he caught a short pass from McCarron, turned up field, and sprinted 85 yards to pay dirt in the first quarter, just 1:42 into the game.

"It was a great touchdown," Bell said. "I felt it was time for me to make a great play. AJ (McCarron) saw me and he got the ball to me."

McCarron seemed a bit down, but perked up when asked about Bell's long score. "Kenny got open, I gave him the ball, and he did the rest. That's what our receivers can do."

Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) will host Ole Miss at 8:15 p.m. The game will be televised on the ESPN family of networks.

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