Alabama trailed Penn State in the first quarter at 3-0. That was about the only point in the Crimson Tide's 27-11 win that the game wasn't firmly in their hands. Alabama spread out its scoring, getting on the board in all four quarters, and crushed Penn State with balanced offense and suffocating defense.
Alabama got 196 rushing yards — 111 from Trent Richardson, who scored two touchdowns — and 163 passing yards, all from A.J. McCarron, against a tough Penn State defense. And Alabama's defense held the Nittany Lions to just 251 yards of total offense and under four yards per play.
Penn State quarterbacks Robert Bolden and Matt McGloin both struggled mightily, with Bolden starting three-for-eight through the air before being yanked for McGloin ... who completed one of 10 passes on the day. Bolden finished with 12 completions on 29 throws, with his best plays, a 26-yard pass to Shawney Kersey and a scramble for a two-point conversion, coming on the Nittany Lions' final drive, with the outcome decided.
Alabama moves to 2-0 on the season and should remain highly rated in the college football rankings. Penn State could fall out of the top 25 in the AP and USA Today polls.