HALF: Alabama 17 Penn State 3

At halftime in State College the Alabama Crimson Tide leads Penn State 17-3. Alabama started quarterback A.J. McCarron and he played the entire first half leading three scoring drives for Alabama.

McCarron was 13 of 19 for 110 yards and a touchdown.

“(AJ McCarron) has taken what they have given him and that is what he has to do,” Alabama football coach Nick Saban told ABC’s sideline reporter at halftime.

Other Tide stats include Trent Richardson with 13 carries for 53 yards and one touchdown and four catches for 19 yards. Marquis Maze with two catches for 35 yards. Kevin Norwood has two catches for 18 yards. Kenny Bell one catch for 14 yards and Michael Williams has one catch for five yards and touchdown.

Alabama’s defense has kept Penn State under control thanks to an important turnover late in the second quarter. The fumble by Andrew Szczeerba put Alabama into position to score its final points of the half with the ball just on the Penn State side of the 50-yard line. McCarron led Alabama on a 10-play drive to cover the 50 yard that was capped by Richardson’s run for 3-yards into the endzone.