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September 11, 2010

ALABAMA FOOTBALL: Alabama dominates in 24-3 win over Nittany Lions

TUSCALOOSA — The renewal of the Penn State-Alabama rivalry turned out to be more a show of force by Trent Richardson and the Crimson Tide than another classic matchup between storied programs.

Richardson ran for 144 yards in place of injured Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, and the top-ranked Tide rolled to a 24-3 win over Joe Paterno and No. 18 Penn State on Saturday.

With Ingram sidelined for the second straight game with a knee injury, Richardson pulled a pretty good imitation. He plowed through and sidestepped tackles and scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. He also had four catches for 46 yards.

“This will be something I remember for a long time,” Richardson said.

The game itself wasn’t all that memorable. The traditional powers hadn’t met since 1990, also the last time Penn State (1-1) played a Southeastern Conference team.

It didn’t live up to the tradition of classic contests started in the late 1970s with Paterno and Alabama’s Bear Bryant roaming the sidelines.

The Tide hardly slowed down without Ingram, and a young defense forced freshman Rob Bolden and the Nittany Lions into several turnovers to end promising drives.

It was the first time Penn State was held without a touchdown since a 14-9 loss to Michigan in 2007. The shutout lasted until the final 10 minutes.

McElroy completed 16 of 24 passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns.

“We came down here knowing how good they were and we didn’t wise up to it,” Paterno said. “I’m not just blaming the kids. I thought our kids didn’t play well and I don’t think we did a good job coaching. Period.”

Alabama harassed Bolden into two interceptions in his first road start. He was 13-of-29 passing for 144 yards.

“A tough crowd and a tough football team,” Paterno said. “That made it tough on him. We didn’t do a good job coaching and getting him ready for this one. I think we’ve got a long ways to go to be a good football team.”

A defense that replaced nine starters hasn’t allowed a touchdown yet and hit Bolden with some jarring blitzes. The Tide gets suspended end Marcell Dareus back next week against Duke.

Richardson had 102 yards in the first half against a defense that had gone the previous 17 games without a 100-yard rusher.

“Trent Richardson played a fantastic game,” Saban said. “He’s the first one to get 100 yards against their defense in a long, long time, which says a lot about their defense. But it also says a lot about Trent.”

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