Tide beat down Tigers from start

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ATLANTA --- Nick Saban's plan to bring No. 24 Alabama back to prominence looks way ahead of schedule. As for No. 9 Clemson, another big game ended with the Tigers on the losing end.

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Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper picks himself up after a hard hit against Alabama.  Special
Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper picks himself up after a hard hit against Alabama.

The Crimson Tide had little trouble rolling past Clemson 34-10 at the Georgia Dome on Saturday night, the biggest victory in coach Saban's two seasons at Alabama.

Alabama's defense held Clemson to zero rushing yards and John Parker Wilson threw for two touchdowns as Alabama beat a top-10 opponent for the first time since topping No. 5 Florida in 2005. That was part of the last hurrah for former coach Mike Shula, who followed that 10-2 season with a 6-7 campaign that ended his time with the Tide.

Alabama lured Saban from the NFL last season to lead the 12-time national champs back to glory. Based on the opener, Saban and the Tide are on their way. Wilson finished 22 of 30 for 180 yards and, with his career total completions now at 500, surpassed Brodie Croyle's old record of 488.

The Crimson Tide defense held the Tigers' heralded "Thunder and Lightning" backfield of James Davis and C.J. Spiller to 20 yards combined.

The Tigers managed only 188 yards, way off their 403-yard average from last season.

The Tide ran the ball easily on Clemson's defense, which was ninth in the country a season ago. Leigh Tiffin added four field goals, including a 54-yard kick that was Alabama's third longest of all time.

Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper, voted the favorite to win ACC Player of the Year, was continually pressured and off target.

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patriciathomas 08/31/08 - 06:17 am
The Tigers were not ready for

The Tigers were not ready for Alabama.

I4PUTT 08/31/08 - 08:59 am
If this had been a fist fight

If this had been a fist fight Alabama made Clemson unclench their fists.....They were thoroughly beaten in the 1st quarter.

Honden 08/31/08 - 11:02 am
'Bama came to fight, Clemson

'Bama came to fight, Clemson came to dance. Alabama played basic no frills SEC ball, while Clemson evidently thought that all they had to do was show up. I guess thats what happens when you buy into all the media hype. Yesterday offered quite an education into the real state of the ACC. Last nights Bama - Clemson game was only the exclamation point.

ugadawgbite 09/01/08 - 10:08 am
I call that a SEC beatdown...

I call that a SEC beatdown...

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