A.J. McCarron threw for four touchdowns for the No. 1 University of Alabama which led the top five ranked college football teams to undefeated records heading into the eighth week of play.
In games involving the top ten Bowl Championship Series ranked teams yesterday, it was No. 1 Alabama 44, Tennessee 13; No. 2 Florida 44, No. 7 South Carolina 11; No. 3 Oregon 43, Arizona State 21; No. 4 Kansas State 55, No. 13 West Virginia 14; No. 5 Notre Dame 17, Brigham Young 14.
Also playing were No. 6 Louisiana State 24, No. 18 Texas A&M 19; No. 8 Oregon State 21, Utah 7; No. 9 Oklahoma 52, Kansas 7; and No. 10 Southern California 50, Colorado 6.
“We just kept grinding and grinding,” Alabama coach Nick Saban told reporters. “We squandered a few opportunities at times, but I think the key to the drill was just keep playing and play the next play. Compete and be relentless in how you do it.”
McCarron completed 17 of 22 passing attempts for 306 yards as the Crimson Tide recorded its seventh victory of the season at Nayland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
McCarron connected on a 23-yard scoring pass to Amari Cooper in the first quarter and a one-yard pass to Michael Williams in the second quarter.
“We set the tone and we stayed on it,” McCarron said. “We never let up, and that was the biggest thing coach keeps preaching.”
Cooper scored on a 42-yard pass from McCarron in the third quarter and Kenny Bell grabbed a 39-yard pass for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. T.J. Yeldon added touchdowns on runs on one yard and 43 yards.
Michael Palardy kicked field goals of 32 and 21 yards for the Volunteers (3-4), while A.J. Johnson rushed two yards for a touchdown.
Tyler Bray passed for 184 yards on 13 of 27 attempts and was intercepted twice.