COLUMBIA, Mo. -- A lightning delay may have slowed Alabama down, but it didn't keep it from staying atop the college football world.
Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon combined for 322 yards and five touchdowns, and the defense completely dominated Missouri's injury-riddled offense Saturday in a 42-10 Southeastern Conference win.
With a steady downpour soaking the sellout crowd of 71,004, Lacy quieted most of it on the second snap, taking a simple stretch play off right tackle for a 73-yard touchdown. He finished with 178 yards on 18 attempts, tacking on scoring runs of 3 yards and 1 yard.
Yeldon contributed 144 yards on 18 carries, finding the end zone on rushes of 1 and 15 yards. The latter score, capped by his leap of more than five yards to break the goal-line's plane, was the last play before a lightning bolt struck within six miles of Faurot Field.
Before the top-ranked Crimson Tide (6-0, 3-0) could tack on the extra point for a 28-0 lead, referee Tom Ritter sent both teams off the field for what turned out to be a 40-minute delay. The Tigers (3-4, 0-4) gave what remained of the audience a thrill when Marcus Murphy lugged the ensuing kickoff 98 yards for their only touchdown.
Missouri's offense, missing starting quarterback James Franklin (left knee) and center Mitch
Morse (left knee), managed just nine first downs and 129 total yards. It rushed for just 3 yards on
Redshirt freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser completed 12 of 29 passes for 126 yards and was under constant pressure, taking three sacks and being hit on several other throws.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron was his normal efficient self, completing 16 of 21 passes for 171 yards before leaving midway through the fourth quarter. McCarron limped off the field with
assistance after being sacked by Sheldon Richardson in the third quarter but didn't miss a play.
Notes: Alabama coach Nick Saban and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel agreed to shorten halftime to five minutes because of the weather delay. Except for a couple of players on each team that ran to the locker room when time expired, both teams stayed on the field during the brief break ... This was the teams' first meeting since 1976, when Alabama notched a 38-20 win. The series is now even at 2-2 ... Murphy's kick return was his fourth of the season, a Missouri season record. He has three punt returns for scores this year ... The crowd thinned considerably after the delay, with perhaps 35,000 or so sticking around.