NCAAF Game Recap - Western Carolina at Alabama
Sat Nov 23, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Ark
20
LSU
56
F
PSU
17
OHSt
28
F
TxAM
13
UGA
19
F
WCU
3
Ala
66
F
Oreg
28
AzSt
31
F
Utah
35
Ariz
7
F
TCU
24
Okla
28
F
Minn
38
NW
22
F
Mich
39
Ind
14
F
Tex
10
Bayl
24
F
Purd
24
Wisc
45
F
BC
7
ND
40
F
Sam
0
Aub
52
F
Temp
13
Cin
15
F
Mem
49
SoFL
10
F
Ill
10
Iowa
19
F
Boise
56
UtSt
21
F
SMU
28
Navy
35
F
OkSt
20
WVU
13
F
TxSt
13
App
35
F
Pitt
0
VaTec
28
F
E Mi
45
NIU
17
F
Ohio
66
BGSU
24
F
Akr
17
MiaOH
20
F
Toled
30
Buff
49
F
NCSt
26
GATec
28
F
ColSt
7
Wyo
17
F
Ball
38
Kent
41
F
UCF
34
Tul
31
F
ECU
31
UConn
24
F
Kans
31
IASt
41
F
Lib
27
UVA
55
F
MSU
27
Rut
0
F
BYU
56
UMass
24
F
SoAl
15
GASt
28
F
AF
44
NM
22
F
GaSo
33
ArkSt
38
F
UCLA
35
USC
52
F
ETenn
0
Vand
38
F
LaTec
14
UAB
20
F
W Ky
28
SMiss
10
F
NorTx
14
Rice
20
F
Mer
7
UNC
56
F
Neb
54
MD
7
F
UT-M
7
KY
50
F
Marsh
13
Char
24
F
SJSU
35
UNLV
38
F
Cal
24
Stan
20
F
UTEP
35
NMSt
44
F
Syr
34
Lou
56
F
OD
17
MidTN
38
F
CoCar
42
ULMon
45
F
Troy
3
ULLaf
53
F
FlAtl
40
UTSA
26
F
K St
30
TxTch
27
F
MiaFL
24
FLInt
30
F
Hou
24
Tuls
14
F
Tenn
24
Mizzu
20
F
Abil
7
MisSt
45
F
Duke
27
Wake
39
F
OreSt
53
WaSt
54
F
Wash
14
Colo
20
F
Nev
35
Fres
28
F
SDSU
11
Hawaii
14
F

Alabama 66, Western Carolina 3

Nov 23, 2019, 12:00 PM EST

Final

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Western Carolina (3-9)

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(5) Alabama (10-1)

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21

21

7

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Jones, No. 5 Alabama rout Western Carolina, 66-3 without Tua
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:38 PM

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa watched from a cart as his Alabama teammates treated him to a dominant performance against a badly outclassed opponent.

Mac Jones passed for 275 yards and three touchdowns in little more than a half and No. 5 Alabama began life without Tagovailoa with a 66-3 romp Saturday over Western Carolina of the Football Championship Subdivision.

With Tagovailoa watching much of the game from behind the bench, the Crimson Tide (10-1) put on a one-sided show against the Catamounts (3-9). The star quarterback, who had hip surgery on Monday, was cheered as he was driven toward the sideline before the game. He didn't have to give much of a pep talk.

"Just his presence," Tide wide receiver Jaylen Waddle said. "Just knowing what he meant to the team. That was enough. He didn't have to say much."

Alabama is fifth in the College Football Playoff rankings and hoping to somehow make the field despite failing to win the SEC West - and losing its biggest star.

But this one was about taking care of business after an emotional week, not impressing the selection committee.

"It's not easy to overcome something like that, losing a great leader," said Jones, who completed 10 of 12 passes in his second career start. "But I think we're built for that. We train every day for the whole year mentally and physically. It's really mental toughness and learning how to rebound and respond to adversity."

Alabama forced five turnovers, including Xavier McKinney's 81-yard interception return for a touchdown, and got big plays from Jones and wide receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle.

Jones only threw one pass after halftime. Smith had four catches for 94 yards and two touchdowns, including a 57-yarder when he juked a defender before sprinting to the end zone. Waddle produced 101 yards and took a screen 54 yards for a touchdown, then returned a punt 49 yards to near the goal line on his next touch.

"I thought he threw the ball well and he was accurate on the deep ball," Alabama coach Nick Saban said of Jones. "I know he missed one, but we just want to keep building on his confidence and our confidence in him that he's going to go out there and do his job well."

THE TAKEAWAY

Western Carolina fell to 0-57 against FBS teams. The Catamounts came up empty after making it into Tide territory on each of their first four drives, including three turnovers.

"We had five turnovers on the day, and you can't do that against anybody, but especially the University of Alabama," Catamounts coach Mark Speir said. "I wish them the best of luck in their quest for the playoffs."

Alabama did what it was supposed to and showed no signs of an emotional hangover after Tagovailoa's injury. The defense had some shaky moments but was missing several players nursing injuries, including linemen Raekwon Davis and D.J. Dale. Najee Harris ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass.

TAULIA'S TURN

Tagovailoa's absence gave his younger brother, Taulia, a chance for his most extended action. The freshman came into the game with 12:12 left in the third quarter and threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Smith on his first attempt. He completed 2 of 3 passes for 35 yards. Alabama scrapped plans to redshirt the four-star recruit, who already had played in four games. Fellow freshman quarterback Paul Tyson, great-grandson of coaching icon Bear Bryant, saw his first action.

CARE TO DANCE?

When Saban recruited safety Jared Mayden, he took part in a dancing contest. Mayden's mother, Katrina Salles, reminded him of that during the pre-game ceremony honoring the seniors on the field.

"She reminded me of that today and actually said, `Do you want to dance?' I said, `Not today," said Saban, laughing.

PICKS IN PAIRS

McKinney ended Western Carolina's first two drives with interceptions, including the pick-six, after coming in with just one. Mayden got his third and fourth interceptions.

UP NEXT

Western Carolina finished its regular season and must replace senior quarterback Adams.

Alabama ends the regular season at No. 16 Auburn in its final chance to make a statement for the playoffs.

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Passing

WCU Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Adams 19 10 52.6 0 112 28 4 30.9
Ala Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
M. Jones 12 10 83.3 3 275 57 0 158.3
T. Tagovailoa 3 2 66.7 1 35 20 0 145.8

Rushing

WCU Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Spencer 15 39 2.6 10 0
T. Adams 11 28 2.5 20 0
Ala Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Robinson 8 92 11.5 46 1
N. Harris 14 66 4.7 22 1

Receiving

WCU Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Adams 1 0 0.0 0 0
O. Cosenke 4 46 11.5 17 0
Ala Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Waddle 3 101 33.7 54 1
D. Smith 4 94 23.5 57 2

Fumbles

WCU F FL
T. Adams 1 1
Ala F FL
B. Robinson Jr. 1 1

Returning

Ala KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
J. Waddle 1 20.0 0 20 2 33.5 0 49
K. Robinson 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

WCU Punt Yds Avg LgPu
B. Dickerson 6 214 35.7 48
Ala Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Perine 1 33 33.0 33

Takeaways

Ala Int Yds InTD
J. Mayden 2 14 0
X. McKinney 2 78 1

Team Stats Comparison

WCU Ala
Points For 3 66
Total Yards 179 541
Rushing Yards 67 231
Passing Yards 112 310
Passing Completions / Attempts 10/19 12/15
Turnovers 5 1
Interceptions Thrown 4 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/1 1/1
First Downs 10 23
Penalties - Yards 3/36 4/45
Time Of Possession 9:09 51:51
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/12 5/8
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 1/1
Punts - Average Yards 6/36 1/33

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter WCU Ala
Ala 3:16 FG Joseph Bulovas 29 yd FG 0 3
Ala 6:00 TD Devonta Smith 57 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 10
Ala 9:27 TD Xavier McKinney 81 yd interception return (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 17
2nd Quarter WCU Ala
Ala 3:31 TD Brian Robinson Jr. 5 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 24
Ala 7:24 TD Najee Harris 12 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 31
Ala 10:52 TD Jaylen Waddle 54 yd pass from Mac Jones (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 38
3rd Quarter WCU Ala
Ala 1:19 TD Najee Harris 3 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 45
Ala 4:28 TD Devonta Smith 15 yd pass from Taulia Tagovailoa (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 52
Ala 8:58 TD Keilan Robinson 46 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 0 59
4th Quarter WCU Ala
WCU 0:04 FG Julian Pletz 38 yd FG 3 59
Ala 6:47 TD Jerome Ford 6 yd run (Joseph Bulovas kick) 3 66

Game Information

Stadium: Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Attendance: 101,821
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