Alabama 38, SW Louisiana 10
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ Vince Sutton, starting his first college football game since 1984, threw two touchdown passes to Pierre Goode and ran for another Saturday as 17th- ranked Alabama defeated Southwestern Louisiana 38-10.
The junior quarterback, replacing injured starter David Smith, completed seven of 15 passes for 166 yards with one interception.
Sutton’s first scoring pass to Goode, a 40-yarder, came with 3:25 left in the first quarter after a Ragin’ Cajun fumble.
In the second quarter, the speedy sophomore receiver capped a 99-yard scoring drive when Sutton found him all alone down the left sideline for a 46- yard touchdown.
Sutton scored Alabama’s first touchdown at 4:22 of the first quarter when he took the ball in from the 17 on a quarterback draw.
Alabama, 4-1, committed five turnovers, but Southwestern Louisiana squandered several scoring opportunities.
The Ragin’ Cajuns, 1-3, had a first down at the Alabama 7-yard line in the second quarter following Sutton’s interception, but the Crimson Tide stopped quarterback Brian Mitchell on a fourth-down play at the 1.
Southwestern Louisiana later drove to the Alabama 10, but the first half ended before the Ragin’ Cajuns, without a timeout left, could stop the clock for a field-goal attempt. Alabama led 24-3 at halftime.
Kermit Kendrick scored another Alabama touchdown on a 35-yard interception return in the third quarter and Alan Ward had a 51-yard field goal in the first quarter. Goode’s brother, senior running back Kerry Goode, led the Tide in rushing with 68 yards on 15 carries and had a 1-yard touchdown dive in the fourth.
Southwestern Louisiana scored on Steve McKinney’s 1-yard plunge after Alabama built a 31-3 lead. Patrick Broussard kicked a 48-yard field goal with 58 seconds left in the opening period.
Sutton, redshirted last season, had not started a game since his freshman season. He moved into the No. 1 position after Smith suffered a broken collarbone last week in a victory over Vanderbilt.
Alabama starting tailback Bobby Humphrey gained only 16 yards and didn’t play in the second half because of a brusied shoulder.
Alabama’s first two scores were aided by a 15-20 mph wind blowing through Legion Field. Southwestern punter Leslie Luquette got off a 9-yard punt into the wind after the Ragin’ Cajuns’ first possession was stopped. Ward, with the wind at his back, then kicked a field goal with plenty to spare.
Alabama had to drive only 38 yards for its first touchdown after Luquette’s second punt traveled 19 yards.
The Ragin’ Cajuns, an independent, had only 205 yards, lost two fumbles and had three passes intercepted.
Three Southwestern combined to complete only eight of 30 passes for 90 yards. McKinney was his team’s leading rusher with 49 yards on 17 carries.