TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Greg McElroy completed a school-record 14 straight passes, freshman Trent Richardson rushed for a pair of second-half touchdowns and No. 4 Alabama pulled away for a 40-14 victory over Florida International Saturday night.
The Crimson Tide (2-0) couldn't shake the 33-point underdog Golden Panthers (0-1) until Richardson scored from 9 and 35 yards in the final 19 minutes. Terry Grant added a 42-yard TD run.
It wasn't quite the breezy game Alabama fans likely were anticipating until that onslaught, especially after No. 1 Florida decimated FIU's Sun Belt Conference rival Troy 56-6 earlier in the day. The Tide led just 20-14 before getting the big plays from Richardson, who gained 118 yards on 15 carries in his first significant action.