College Football Belt - 2010 Penn State at Alabama
 

Penn State

Nittany Lions

Alabama

Crimson Tide

Played September 11, 2010

at Bryant-Denny Stadium

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Penn State 2 8 4 0 .667 4 2 0 .667 3 1 0 .750 1 1 0 .500
Alabama 5 26 7 0 .788 11 5 0 .688 10 1 0 .909 5 1 0 .833

 

Previous Belt Meetings

 

10/25/1986

Penn State

23

9/12/1987

Alabama

24
Alabama

3

Penn State

13

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Penn State

0 0 0 3 3

Alabama

7 10 0 7 24

 

The top-ranked, 1-0 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Nick Saban renewed their historic rivalary with the 18th ranked, 1-0 Penn State Nittany Lions of coach Joe Paterno.  Alabama's dominating defense held Penn State's youthful offense to 283 total yards while Crimson Tide's RB Trent Richardson rushed for 144 yards with a touchdown to help lead Alabama to an easy 24-3 win over the Nittany Lions.  The Crimson Tide controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the game leading to the dominating win.  After the teams traded punts on their opening possessions, Alabama QB Greg McElroy went to the air to get control of the Penn State defense.  Starting from his own 32-yard line, McElroy connected on a 21-yard pass to All-SEC WR Julio Jones, got sacked for a 1-yard loss, completed a 14-yard pass to WR Darius Hanks, completed an 8-yard pass to WR Marquis Maze, & rushed 5 yards on a quarterback draw putting the ball at the Nittany Lions' 36-yard line.  The next pass got the Crimson Tide in the end zone as McElroy connected with WR Kevin Norwood for the 36-yard touchdown pass & a 7-0 lead.  This drive seemed to keep Penn State's defense off-balance the rest of the game as the Nittany Lions struggled to determine Alabama's intent to pass or run throughout the game.  Late in the 1st quarter, Richardson stamped his imprint on the game as he dominated an 8-play, 83-yard drive by rushing 5 times for 73 yards before McElroy connected with TE Preston Dial on a 14-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead to open the 2nd quarter.  Even when it appeared Penn State might rally their offense thing went wrong.  With the Nittany Lions driving to the Crimson Tide's 16-yard line, QB Rob Bolden connected with WR Chaz Powell but Powell lost the ball & Alabama CB Robert Lester picked up the ball.  Lester carried 75 yards before having the ball stripped with Penn State's WR Brett Brackett recovering at their own 2-yard line so effectively, a 4-yard gain had resulted in a 82-yard loss.  Crimson Tide's PK Jeremy Shelley kicked a 31-yard field goal for a 17-0 halftime lead.  Alabama's final points came on the second play of the 4th quarter when Richardson carried in from a yard out for a 24-0 lead.  The Nittany Lions only points of the game followed when PK Collin Wagner kicked a 36-yard field goal.  McElroy finished with 229 yard passing with 2 touchdowns as he completed 16 of 24 pass attempts for the Crimson Tide.  Bolden threw for 144 yards with 2 interceptions in the loss.  Penn State finished the season 7-6 while Alabama finished 10-3, ranked 10th nationally.  The Nittany Lions have not played for The Belt again.

 

Penn State Game Stats Alabama Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Evan Royster 9 32 0 3.56 Trent Richardson 22 144 1 6.55
Silas Redd 5 26 0 5.20 Eddie Lacy 6 21 0 3.50
Shawney Kersey 1 24 0 24.00 Greg McElroy 5 8 0 1.60
Stephfon Green 5 13 0 2.60 Marquis Maze 1 7 0 7.00
Rob Bolden 6 12 0 2.00          
Kevin Newsome 2 9 0 4.50          
Devon Smith 2 8 0 4.00          
Michael Zordich 1 3 0 3.00          
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Rob Bolden 29 13 2 144 0 Greg McElroy 24 16 0 229 2
Kevin Newsome 1 1 0 12 0            
Justin Brown 1 0 1 0 0            
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Derek Moye 3 69 0 23.00 Darius Hanks 3 52 0 17.33
Devon Smith 5 47 0 9.40 Julio Jones 4 49 0 12.25
Justin Brown 1 20 0 20.00 Trent Richardson 4 46 0 11.50
Brett Brackett 1 17 0 17.00 Kevin Norwood 1 36 1 36.00
Chaz Powell 2 9 0 4.50 Marquis Maze 2 28 0 14.00
Evan Royster 2 -6 0 -3.00 Preston Dial 2 18 1 9.00

 

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