McCarron completed 13 of 16 passes for 171 yards before leaving one drive into the second half of his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium for the Crimson Tide (11-0). He improved to 36-2 as a starter, breaking a tie with Jay Barker for the school mark.
McCarron and Alabama got an easy tuneup for the Iron Bowl against No. 6 Auburn to determine the Southeastern Conference Western Division champion. Both teams are still hoping for national title shots in a state that has claimed the last four BCS championships.
The Tide produced its third shutout of the year, blocking a field goal against the FCS Mocs (8-4).
MISSISSIPPI STATE 24, ARKANSAS 17 (OT)
In Little Rock, Ark., the Bulldogs finally got the best of the Razorbacks in an overtime game and in the state of Arkansas.
Damian Williams scored on a 25-yard touchdown run on the first play of overtime, and the Mississippi State (5-6, 2-5) defense made it stand at War Memorial Stadium.
The Bulldogs lost to Arkansas (3-8, 0-7) in overtime contests in 1996, 2000 and 2010, all in Starkville, Miss., and had never defeated the Razorbacks in Arkansas.
NO. 18 LOUISIANA STATE 34, NO. 9 TEXAS A&M 10
In Baton Rouge, La., Terrance Magee rushed for a career-high 149 yards and Louisiana State’s defense pulled the plug on Johnny Manziel in a victory at Death Valley.
Zach Mettenberger completed 11 of 20 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers.
Manziel passed for 224 yards and a TD, but completed only 16 of 41 attempts, was sacked twice and intercepted twice as the Aggies’ road winning streak ended at 10.
NO. 8 MISSOURI 24, NO. 24 MISSISSIPPI 10
In Oxford, Miss., Henry Josey rushed for two touchdowns, Marcus Murphy added another and Missouri rolled to a victory over Mississippi.
Missouri (10-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) is now one victory away from clinching the SEC East title. The Tigers play host to Texas A&M next weekend.
VANDERBILT 14, TENNESSEE 10
In Knoxville, Tenn., Patton Robinette ran for a 5-yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining as Vanderbilt rallied for a victory over Tennessee.
Vanderbilt’s winning drive was kept alive after Tennessee’s fourth-and-inches stop of quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels in the final minute was overturned on replay, giving Vanderbilt a first down at the Tennessee 33.