The Alabama Crimson Tide seem like they should have a chance at playing for a national championship following Friday night's Oklahoma State loss, but that could all be put to rest if they start looking too far ahead -- and therefore past Saturday's opponent, the Georgia Southern Eagles. That wasn't the case in the first half, however, as the Crimson Tide lead 24-14 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Crimson Tide converted on three of their five third-down conversion attempts in the first half and were able to avoid turning the ball over, even via punt, as quarterback A.J. McCarron led four efficient drives. The sophomore has completed eight of his 12 passing attempts for 83 yards and a touchdown to running back Trent Richardson.
Richardson has largely been the leader for Alabama's offense this season and Saturday's first half was no different. The running back carried the ball 15 times for 92 yards and a rushing touchdown to complement the aforementioned receiving touchdown from McCarron.
The Eagles were led in the first half by running back Dominique Swope as he rushed 126 yards on 10 carries, including an 82-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Jaybo Shaw has converted just one of his two passing attempts, but it was a 39-yard touchdown strike to Johnathan Bryant.