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WVU’s Mario Alford one-ups Alabama’s TD, but Tide lead

Mario Alford, Cy Jones

Just when it looked as though Alabama had gained control and all was right in the world of college football, West Virginia’s special teams struck back. Alabama had scored a go-ahead touchdown late in the first half, but West Virginia’s Mario Alford returned the ensuing kick down the right sideline, found enough room to burst through and hit fifth gear on his way to a 100-yard touchdown return.¬†Alabama, though, holds the halftime lead thanks to a late field goal, 20-17.

Alabama’s late¬†half touchdown was keyed by a great move by receiver DeAndrew White, who broke loose for a 38-yard gain after making cut after cut once getting his hands on the football. T.J. Yeldon did the rest with a pair of carries to move closer to the end zone and then to punch it in himself. Yeldon, a Heisman Trophy hopeful, has 46 rushing yards at the half.

West Virginia has been sticking to what seems to be the best form of kryptonite to Alabama’s defensive style. Dana Holgorsen‘s offense has been keeping things moving when it can, pushing Alabama’s defense down field without allowing for a chance to substitute when possible. Clint Trickett has thrown for 168 yards and a touchdown, which was hailed in beautifully by a stretching Kevin White. White leads West Virginia with 69 receiving yards. Alabama’s Amari Cooper leads all players with 88 receiving yards at the half.

If you are wondering if Alabama might give quarterback Jacob Coker a shot in the second half, there does not appear to be a reason for a change just yet. Blake Sims has been efficient with his passing and has not done anything to cost Alabama in the process. That is pretty much what you expect from a Nick Saban quarterback.

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5 Responses to “WVU’s Mario Alford one-ups Alabama’s TD, but Tide lead”
  1. Deb says: Aug 30, 2014 6:13 PM

    I wonder if no one’s commented yet because everyone’s too caught up in the game, or because everyone’s in shock.

    Maybe my fellow Tide fans are out searching between Tuscaloosa and Atlanta, hoping to stumble across our defense lost on the side of the road.

    Thank heavens we’re now up by 10 in the third. C’mon, Tide. ROLL!

  2. jrs45 says: Aug 30, 2014 6:14 PM

    Please stop showing the fans of both of these teams. I’ve seen several mullets, coon caps, just very weird lol.

  3. totallysirius says: Aug 30, 2014 6:19 PM

    It is a good thing for bama that Saban paid off the refs.

  4. musketmaniac says: Aug 30, 2014 6:44 PM

    Bad calls or this game is tied

  5. musketmaniac says: Aug 30, 2014 6:57 PM

    and on personal note thank you very much mr. idiot vegas oddsmaker Thank you very very much the many other morons that believe that the gap between the sec and the big 12 is larger than actuality. but just thank you for allowing me to winter in the Caribbean.

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