(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) -- Dropped from the undefeated ranks a week ago, No. 4 Alabama got off to a fast start this week en route to a lopsided victory
A.J. McCarron set the Alabama single-season touchdown pass record and the Crimson Tide beat Western Carolina 49-0 on Saturday.
Running back Eddie Lacy also ran for three scores for the Crimson Tide (10-1), who put up 21 points in the first quarter and never let up.
For Western Carolina (1-10), it was an offensive struggle, as they only managed eight first downs and 163 total yards against Alabama's defense.
"I was pleased with the way our guys competed in the game," Alabama coach Nick Saban said. "We went out there and tried to play to a standard and executed fairly well. Western Carolina, those guys played hard and they were a little bit outmanned, and our guys played the way we want them to play."
McCarron completed all six passes that he threw, including the second quarter touchdown, his 21st of the year that gave him the top spot in the record books. The record was previously held by Greg McIlroy, who set it in 2010.
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