7:07 PM ET, September 16, 2006
Bryant-Denny Stadium, TUSCALOOSA, AL
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Alabama finally had a points explosion. Now if it can just do the same thing on the road in the Southeastern Conference.
John Parker Wilson threw for 210 yard and two touchdown passes Saturday in Alabama's best offensive performance of the season, a 41-7 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.
A week after the Crimson Tide (3-0) barely beat Vanderbilt, Wilson completed 13 of 21 passes without an interception against the Warhawks (1-2).
Next up are league games at Arkansas and Florida.
"We're going to have to get better," said coach Mike Shula. "We've got the SEC on the road the next two weeks."
Kenneth Darby, who struggled to get into the open during the first two games but was the Tide's leading rusher last year, ran for a season-high 79 yards on 14 rushes.
"He had a little bit of a slow start, but I was glad to see him get going," said Shula.
"Calvin made some great runs. He had a great second effort, broke a few tackles and wouldn't be denied on some of those runs," said Lancaster.
Alabama fans have been looking for an offensive breakout since the Tide struggled to put away opponents in its first two games, a 25-17 victory over Hawaii and a 13-10 win over Vanderbilt.
Again, it took the Crimson Tide a while to overwhelm an overmatched Sun Belt Conference foe. The offense looked sluggish through much of three quarters.
The scoring troubles were on display right after halftime, when Alabama's defense held the Warhawks to a punt and the Tide offense drove to the Louisiana-Monroe 3, where it was first and goal with Alabama up 17-7.
Rather than punching it in, Alabama had to settle for a 25-yard field goal by Leigh Tiffin after three incomplete passes in the end zone by Wilson, one of which came after a false start penalty.
Tiffin also kicked a 34-yard field goal, but he was short from 44 yards.
Alabama's primary kicker from last year, Jamie Christensen, handled kickoffs after missing the first two games with a groin injury.
Junior linebacker DeMarcus Waldrop started in place of Alabama leading tackler Juwan Simpson, who was in uniform but didn't play. Simpson and two other players, Jimmy Johns and Lionel Mitchell, were held out for violating team rules, Shula said.
In each of the first two games, Shula also sat two players for disciplinary reasons. But Alabama doesn't have "a bunch of bad kids," he said.
"It's done. Hopefully it's the last time we have to talk about this," said Shula, who wouldn't disclose what any of the players did, aside from Simpson.
Simpson paid a $300 fine and entered a court-ordered drug program following his arrest on charges of marijuana possession and carrying a handgun without a license. He played in Bama's first two games, making a game-ending interception to help preserve the win over Vandy.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-12||7-12|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|TD||6:23||LE'RON MCCLAIN 17 YD PASS FROM JOHN PARKER WILSON (LEIGH TIFFIN KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||14:09||LEIGH TIFFIN 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yards.
|TD||8:30||KINSMON LANCASTER 2 YD RUN (COLE WILSON KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 83 yards.
|TD||6:32||TIM CASTILLE 3 YD RUN (LEIGH TIFFIN KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 65 yards.
|FG||8:41||LEIGH TIFFIN 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||0:16||D.J. HALL 43 YD PASS FROM JOHN PARKER WILSON (LEIGH TIFFIN KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 81 yards.
|TD||9:47||ROY UPCHURCH 1 YD RUN (LEIGH TIFFIN KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 29 yards.
|TD||5:11||ROY UPCHURCH 1 YD RUN (LEIGH TIFFIN KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 38 yards.