It wasn’t the prettiest one of the year, but it was the 10th one:
Trent Richardson rushed for 175 yards and scored three touchdowns to power No. 3 Alabamato a 45-21 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide (10-1) didn’t win many style points in giving up a season-high 21 points, but the team’s biggest national title boost came the previous night when No. 2 Oklahoma State fell 37-31 to Iowa State in two overtimes.
Alabama needed Richardson more than expected against the FCS Eagles (9-2). The Heisman Trophy candidate ran 32 times, caught a 4-yard touchdown pass and broke Shaun Alexander’s school single-season mark of 19 rushing touchdowns.